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The People and the Police: 'The State of Black KC'

Video Credit: KMBC
Published 1 week ago - Duration: 01:45s
The People and the Police: 'The State of Black KC'
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The People and the Police: 'The State of Black KC'

MATT: THAT LIST MENTIONS SIXISSUES SPECIFICALLY THAT OF BEENPLAGUING KANSAS CITY FOR YEARS.ISSUES LIKE DISPARITIES INHOUSING -EDUCATION -ECONOMIC MOBILITY -HEALTHCARE OUTCOMES -INTERNET ACCESS -AND FOOD SECURITY.MANY OF THOSE ISSUES ARE LAIDOUT IN THE URBAN LEAGUE OFGREATER KANSAS CITY’S REPORT THESTATE OF BLACK KANSAS CITY.THE REPORT RELEASED ALMOST AYEAR AGO OUTLINES HOW BLACKRESIDENTS OF KANSAS CITY ARESTILL SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL.ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THEREPORT THERE IS A WIDE ECONOMICGAP -WITH THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEFOR BLACK HOUSEHOLDS ONLY 54% OFWHITE HOUSEHOLDS.AND THE MEDIAN NET WORTH OFHOUSEHOLDS SHOW AN EVEN GREATERDISPARITY WITH BLACK HOUSEHOLDSBEING WORTH ONLY 10% COMPARED TOTHEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS.THE REPORT ALSO SHOWS ASUBSTANTIAL ISSUE IN HEALTH CAREWITH BLACK KANSAS CITIANS LIFEEXPECTANCIES FIVE YEARS LESSTHAN WHITES.PARTIALLY CONTRIBUTED TO BECAUSEBLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY TO HAVEHEALTH INSURANCE THAN THEIRWHITE COUNTERPARTS.EDUCATION ISSUES ARE OUTLINEDIN-DEPTH IN THE REPORT -SHOWING THAT BLACK STUDENTS INKANSAS CITY ARE PERFORMING WORSETHAN WHITES IN THE REGION -AND WHITE STUDENTS ARE TWICE ASLIKELY AS BLACK STUDENTS TOOBTAIN A BACHELOR’S DEGREE.THE REPORT DIVES INTO SOCIALJUSTICE ISSUES AS WELL CALLINGTHE STATISTICS ALARMING ANDDISTURBING, SHOWING THAT BLACKKANSAS CITIANS HAVE NOTICEABLYLONGER PRISON SENTENCES COMPAREDTO THOSE OF WHITE PEOPLE.THE HOMICIDE RATE IS ALMOST FIVETIMES HIGHER.IT ALSO LAYS OUT MANYRECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO FIXSOME OF THESE ISSUES -LIKE SITE-BASED LEADERSHIPMODELS FOR SCHOOLS -COMPREHENSIVE TAX INCENTIVEREFORM-MEDICAID EXPANSION -AND ALLOWING THE STATE TOWITHHOLD FUNDS FROM LAWENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THAT

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