The Crisis Facing Young African Americans in Chicago

Nationwide, the dropout and unemployment rates of African American youth are significantly higher than white/Caucasian counterparts. These numbers are rooted in systemic issues widely acknowledged and agreed upon by educational and civic professionals. Looking forward as a society, we attempt to bridge that gap; ideally, there would be genuinely equal economic and educational opportunity, regardless of race. Some localities have wider gaps to solve than others:

Chicago may lead with the percentage of unemployed African American youth for big, American cities: according to this Chicago Tribune article. An estimated 41 percent (aged 20-24 years old) are jobless. These statistics indicate that there is nothing short of a crisis facing Chicago’s black community

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