The Black Star Project’s website:

The Silent Genocide:
Facts about the Devastating Plight
of Black Males in America

In Chicago, only three out of 100 Black boys earn a college degree by age 25.
According to the 2011 NAEP, only 10% of 8th-grade Black males in America read at a proficient level.
In 2010 in Illinois, only 47% of Black males graduated from high school, 59% of Latino males and 81% of White males
Nationally, just 22 % of Black males who began at a four-year college graduated within six years.
Nationally, the average 17-year-old Black student has the reading and math scores of the average 14- year-old White student.
While Black students comprise 45% of the Chicago’s school population, they are 74% of all suspensions. 70% to 72% of Black children are born out of wedlock.

In Illinois, 47% of all non-institutionalized Black men do not have a job.
In New York City in 2003, only 51.8% of Black men ages 16 to 64 were employed vs. 75.7% of White men and 65.7% of Latino men.
Nationally, at comparable educational levels, Black men earn 67% of what White men earn.
White males with a high-school diploma are just as likely to have a job and tend to earn just as much as Black males with college degrees.
Black male teenagers in Chicago between 16 and 19 years old had a 92% unemployment rate, 88% in Illinois and 83% in the U.S.
53% of Black men aged 25 to 34 are either unemployed or earn too little to lift a family of four from poverty. Nationally, 72% of Black high-school dropouts are unemployed.
Black America lost between $72 billion and $96 billion in the recent mortgage fiasco.
The median net worth of a Black family in America is $28,500 vs. $265,000 for a White family.
White men with prison records receive more offers for entry-level jobs in New York City than Black men with identical records (and White men are offered jobs just as often – if not more so – than Black men who have never been arrested).
Black men with an Africanized sounding name were 50% less likely to receive a job interview than those with Anglicized sounding names with the exact same credentials.
Murders of Black males between the ages of 14- and 17-years old rose by 40% between 2000 and 2007. During the same period, murders committed by Black males between the ages of 14- and 17-years old also rose by 38%. Between 1997 and 2008, 49% of Black males were arrested by age 23.
In 2001, the chances of going to prison were highest among Black males (32.2%) and Hispanic males (17.2%) and lowest among White males (5.9%).
Blacks account for only 12% of the U.S. population, but 44% of all prisoners in the United States.
Blacks, who comprise only 12% of the population and account for about 13% of drug users, constitute 35% of all arrests for drug possession, 55% of all convictions on those charges, and 74% of all those sentenced to prison for possession. One in three Black men will go to jail in their lifetime.
One in nine Black men between the ages of 20- to 34-years old is incarcerated and one in 15 Black men over 18-years old is incarcerated.
1.46 million Black men out of a total voting population of 10.4 million have lost their right to vote because of felony convictions in America. Blacks in Chicago are 10 times more likely to be shot by police than Whites.
These statistics were compiled from various sources by The Black Star Project. Please become a member of the Black Star Project to receive a list of the sources for this information calling us at 773.285.9600, emailing us at or visiting our website at

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