Study Shows LA Blacks Lagging

Buildings burn along a street in the Watts section of Los Angeles as seen in this August 14, 1965 photo which was taken during the Watts Riots.
Nearly 40 years after the Watts riots devastated South Los Angeles, a new study finds that the city's blacks still trail whites in education, housing, health care and income.

The study, released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Urban League and United Way, found that the city's blacks are 10 times more likely than whites to be murdered, 35 percent less likely to graduate from high school in four years and have a household income that trails that of white families' by some 40 percent.

The riots in Watts raged across 50 square miles of south Los Angeles for six days in August 1965, killing 34 people and injuring more than 1,000.

The report also found, however, that blacks are registered to vote in greater numbers than other racial groups, make up 14 percent of elected officials and are well represented in unions. Ninety-four percent of black children have health insurance and 63 percent of black 3- and 4-year-olds attend preschool.

Still, statistics showing that black and Latino drivers are searched by the LAPD four times more often than whites or Asians indicate much more needs to be done to foster racial equality, city leaders said.