Demographic study is bad news for blacks
Published Thursday, March 18, 2010 2:02PM EDT
A new study says Montreal's black community is still falling behind in all aspects of life, and a local community leader says it's up to blacks to turn things around.
A new McGill study examined several indicators among blacks, who are Quebec's largest visible minority group.
The study by professor James Torczyner, released Thursday, found that blacks in Montreal routinely earn less and have double the unemployment rate of non-blacks.
The report indicated a higher unemployment even among blacks with university degrees.
University-educated blacks had 10.9 per cent unemployment, which was on par with jobless numbers among non-black dropouts.
Income was one-third lower than that of non blacks and poverty rates were twice as high.
What's more, home ownership among blacks was 75 per cent lower than among non blacks.
The data mirrors earlier findings by McGill researchers.
Self reliance key: Reverend
A prominent black reverend told CTV News that his community will have to look in the mirror to find solutions.
Rev. Darryl Gray of Imani Family Church told CTV's Derek Conlon that internal divisions among blacks are at the root of the problem.
"English and French have not pooled its collective strength, neither politically nor economically," said Gray.
"Until we do that we won't have a voice. We will be divided based upon language, we will be divided based upon culture and country."
It's the second study in the last three weeks to highlight problems among ethnic communities.
A United Nations report released earlier this month said Montreal is one of several cities where ethnic Canadians are facing rampant discrimination in policing, education and labour.