Losing Ground

Losing Ground presents a disturbing yet compelling portrait of a state where black and Latino residents are falling further and further behind their white counterparts. That state is Colorado.

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Racial Disparities Exist in Denver Police Shootings, I-News Inquiry Finds

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A black Denver resident is three times more likely than a white resident to be shot by law enforcement. Latino residents are nearly twice as likely to be shot. At a time when the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., has brought tensions between police and minority communities to the forefront, Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has found that racial disparities persist in police shootings in Denver. Seven of the 33 people shot by Denver police and sheriff’s deputies in the past five years were African American, according to data collected by the Office of the Independent Monitor, a city watchdog. That’s about 21 percent, compared with an overall black population in Denver of 9.7 percent during roughly the same period, according to Census data. Continue Reading →

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Black Round Table Targets Inequities Exposed by I-News’ Losing Ground

The Losing Ground project by I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS showed widening disparities, including college graduation rates, between Colorado's blacks and Latinos and their white counterparts.

The Colorado Black Round Table held its second annual Gaining Ground summit to focus on initiatives to reduce the social and economic disparities that separate the state’s black and Latino residents from their white counterparts. Inequities in education, health care, criminal justice and family income are the organization’s primary targets. Continue Reading →

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Education gaps in Colorado narrowing

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Black and Latino adults in Colorado narrowed some of the wide education gaps with their white counterparts last year, according to an I-News analysis of new U.S. Census Bureau data. Colorado no longer has the largest gaps in the nation in college graduation rates between black and white residents and both Latino and black adults saw high school graduation gaps narrow to their lowest levels in decades. “That’s good news all the way around,” said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who also is executive director of the Colorado Higher Education Department. “It’s the result of more focus and more collaboration between K-12 and higher education.”
However, income, poverty and home ownership disparities between whites and the state’s largest minority groups remained unchanged between 2010 and 2012, the analysis found. An I-News investigation published earlier this year of six decades of Census data found that minority gains made in key economic and education areas had eroded over time. Continue Reading →

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