Racial Inequality And Racial Disparities Essay

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According to Williams, Mohammed Leavell , and Collins (2010) racial categories in the United States embody both historical and contemporary social inequality and any attempt to understand racial disparities in health needs to consider the extent to which race is associated with SES. National data for the United States reveal strikingly high levels of racial inequality in SES, and relatively little change over time (Williams et al., 2010). This is in contrast to the perception that racial inequalities have narrowed markedly over time and may even be nonexistent. The levels of overall poverty by race from 1980 to 2006 both blacks and Hispanics have levels of overall poverty that are two to three times higher than those of whites(Williams et al., 2010). Asians have poverty levels that are comparable to those of the white population. Variation in poverty rates are also evident over time with the percent of persons living in poverty being lower in 2000 than in the two prior decades for all racial groups (Williams et al., 2010). Moreover, all groups, except Hispanics, the poverty rate in 2006 is higher than it was in 2000 as noted by Williams Mohammed Leavell, and Collins (2010).
Williams, Mohammed Leavell, and Collins (2010) further states that the years of a formal education—another indicator of SES—is patterned by race. It takes an even longer view than the poverty data by presenting educational attainment from 1960 to 2006 (Williams et al., 2010). The data reveal remarkable…

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