*If your mind automatically goes south, when you think of where the worst state in America to raise a black child is, it would be understandable; after all, the long history of racial disparity there would make it a good guess, but it may surprise you that it wouldn’t be conclusive.
According to a national report, Wisconsin has been ranked the worst state in the country when it comes to racial disparities for children.
Wisconsin scored a 238 on its ability to prepare black children for educational and financial success, the lowest of all states (the average score was 345). Interestingly, Wisconsin was ranked 10th overall in its preparation for white children.
The study was spearheaded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a 66-year-old charitable organization concentrating on family issues and well-being. “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children” scored states according to 12 different factors, from educational access to socioeconomic status and home life.
The study also details differences in the economic security of children of different races in Wisconsin; showing major financial disparities of black children living in similar households as white children. For example, the Casey report shows, 70% of white children live in households above 200% of the poverty level ($47,700 for a family of four). Yet only 20% of black children live in similar households.
The report also demonstrates the impact of this on a child’s health as they grow into adulthood.
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