The State of Black America Thirty years ago, who would have thought that an African-American would be considered for for Vice President on the Republican ticket, direct the #1 movie in America, or top the Forbes list of America's richest entertainers? Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The Southern Poverty Law Center states even in this millenial year, someone burns a cross about once a week. Black unemployment rates are still more than twice as high as those for whites, and black incarceration statistics overshadow those for home and business ownership. Are African-Americans advancing at a pace that provides hope, or are they falling behind at a time of unprecedented opportunity in this nation?