July 28th, 2008
06:05 PM ET

Special: Black in America

In today's Webcast, we paralleled part of CNN's Black in America coverage by focusing on apparent disparities between some black and white students.  As you hear in the program, a Harvard study found that, "in urban areas, the average black student performs on a level about four years below his peers."  It's a surprising statistic, but it isn't something that goes unnoticed.  Many schools and programs nationwide are taking action to address the issue, with teachers, administrators, parents and coaches working closely with students to help them turn things around or increase their chances for success.

We're interested to hear your impressions of today's special, as well as the sound bites and statistics it brought you.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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  1. Evie

    This is a topic that i think not only effects America but the World. America is looked up to by many other countries and we need to make sure we are setting the right example by making it clear that WE ARE UNITED. i agree with the people in "The Spoken Word" who said that there shouldn't be white and black America but one United States. I feel like i'm not making enough sense but i truly hope that others who read this comment get what i'm trying to say.

    July 29, 2008 at 9:31 pm |
  2. From Korea

    I think all human being was designed by same.... So that we need to respect each other races

    July 30, 2008 at 5:30 am |
  3. korean student

    I think we need to respect all people not only black I mean asian, or some kinds of other people people are same and people can do what ever they want. If they try hard. For example you know Martin.K did very great thing and Rosa.P too. THE END.

    ps. I enjoyed your studentnews and I Love Cnn

    July 30, 2008 at 9:33 am |
  4. Tre'

    My Dad really likes Black in America because we're African-American. Me and my cousin love CNN Student News!

    July 30, 2008 at 10:05 am |
  5. Sara

    I agree with Evie and the dude on Spoken Word who said that the racial divisions in America–"I'm black, white, italian, hispanic, french, finlandish, european, asian, american."--is not what america should be. America is unity and we should let go of the need to say we're this and that when we all are AMERICAN!! If we keep verbalizing divisions in race they will continue to be the major way we view each other. Respect where each of us came from and be proud of who we are!

    July 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  6. Dawn

    thank you CNN for spending so much time and money on this very important subject. I enjoyed the two day show. Looking forward to more good conversation on this subject.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  7. Songf

    Yes,indeed.Any form of discrimination shall be disdained in any civilised society,and America is proudly leading the way to eradicate discrimination,and I hope that all countries around the globe would follow suit!
    All called "human" and created by the Almighty,everybody shall be entitled to equal opportunities.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:56 am |
  8. David

    There is discrimination for all races not just blacks your to old your to fat your to ugly your to young your not the right color that means white black mexican and so on.I owe black people nothing they owe me nothing they have rights the same as me.Here is what the problem for blacks and white and other races is they would rather sell drugs and make thousands of dollars a week than go to school.They would rather sell drugs than to get a job and only make 2 or 3 hundred dollars a week.If blacks dont have a chance why or there so many rich one in this worldsame for whites and other races.People are so lazy they dont wont to work hard they wont people to give it to them.Lets all wake up smell the coffie and stop blaming everybody but our selves for our problem.

    August 2, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  9. Tiffany

    Everyone should be treated with R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
    (Hey, why don't you talk about YELLOW people?)

    August 4, 2008 at 8:51 am |
  10. Tiffany

    And always remember what Thomas Jefferson wrote on the Constitution : All men are created equal

    August 4, 2008 at 8:53 am |
  11. Korean

    I agree with the idea "All men are created equal".
    It made me suprise when I heard only 3% of black people
    goes to college. I think black peoples should be respected and treated as well as white people, because they are all

    August 5, 2008 at 12:47 am |
  12. Tiffany

    All men are created equal, that's right. But all WOMEN are created equal, too! And all boys and girls. The Constitution say : All men are created equal. But at that time, most Americans think it is : All WHITE MEN are created equal. What about women? Girls? Blacks? They're important, too! Think of a world with just WHITE MEN!

    August 10, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  13. scott

    while the black in america special was most informative and eye opening, I would like to see the same type of indepth program about the native american indian. The plight of these people, and their continued struggles must at worst, share equal attention!

    August 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  14. j

    well i think it's great that we are celebrating african americans. How come we don't have a month for other poeple to though? If all men are created equal (which they are) then how come there isn't a white history month?

    September 22, 2008 at 9:41 pm |
  15. Sydney

    Of course we all are human being whether some one is black or white it doesn't matter. We should respect the black peoples because they are very talented as well as “Genius” person if compared to others for example Barak Obama president of America. We should give chance in a large number to black peoples for success! As we know that all human being are created by God! So we should believe in Equality.


    February 10, 2009 at 7:43 am |