Survey Snapshot: Views and Experiences of Young Black Men
Jul 01, 2006
This brief presents results from The Washington Post, Kaiser Foundation and Harvard University's African American Men Survey on the subset of 400 African American men ages 18 to 29 interviewed.
Eight in ten young black men surveyed said they were mostly optimistic about their own future. Eighty seven percent were either employed or in school; though the approximately ten percent of this demographic incarcerated at the time were not accounted for.
being successful in a career, being respected by others, and standing up for your racial or ethnic group were each rated as "very important" by at least 75 percent of young black men.
Of a number of problems facing black men, the one the most respondents in this group cited as a "big problem" was young black men not taking their education seriously enough.
Fifty one percent reported having been unfairly stopped by the police because of race and 47 percent were "very worried" about unfair police treatment.
Young black men were about twice as likely to say they were very close with their mothers than with their fathers. The factor most frequently named as a reason for declining marriage among African Americans was that too many men were in prison or had been killed.
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