Just in time to celebrate Martin Luther Kings birthday, wallethub.com has released a study that shows how the U.S. has progressed since he first shared his dream about a colorblind society back in 1963.
The website compared 21 key indicators of equality and integration ranging from median annual income to level of education to voter turnout, in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
They compiled the data to determine how each state has changed over the years in racial integration and overall progress using the following methods.
- Racial Integration – Determined by subtracting the values attributed to whites and blacks for a given metric, using only the most recent available data.
- Racial Progress – Determined by subtracting the values attributed to whites and blacks for a given metric, using the oldest available data and the most recent. Based on the result, we calculated the percentage of progress for that specific metric in the analyzed period.
Florida ranked 20th in racial integration.
The Sunshine State ranked lowest, 37, in the social and wealth category and was only 27th in the nation in the gap between races in the number of adults with at least a high school education.
Florida fared much better when it came to racial progress, ranking 7th highest in the nation with the most progress achieved in the area of education.
The highest growth in particular, came in higher scores through standardized testing and also an improvement in the number of employees earning at least a high school diploma (which also makes you wonder how low it was before - that data was not supplied.)
Prompting minorities to vote still seems to be a problem for Florida which kept the social and wealth category near the bottom of the list.
The state fared much better in the areas of health and overall employment.
The website cites a 2019 survey by the Pew Research Center which shows 45 percent of Americans say the U.S. hasn't done enough to give black Americans equal rights to white Americans.
In addition, 58 percent of Americans think race relations are “generally bad” and 53 percent think they are getting worse.