This analysis provides an overview of some central themes emerging from public opinion research regarding understandings of black male achievement, awareness of racial disparities, and the causes of and responsibility for addressing them. It is intended to offer communicators a synthesis of key ideas that exist in public understanding that can either derail the conversation or move it forward.

This analysis highlights the views of black men, and about black men and the issues they face. Throughout, much of the focus is on differences between black and white survey respondents, and the challenges suggested by divergent opinions. It takes research findings that seem contradictory and divisive on the surface, and offers a perspective to make sense of the underlying dynamics at play.

This research was authored by Topos Partnership, edited by Janet Dewart Bell and Eleni Delimpaltadaki Janis, and designed by Chris Moore of The Opportunity Agenda.

For more information, please contact Eleni Delimpaltadaki at

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