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Moreover, as we shall see, gains in economic status among African Americans slowed nearly to a standstill in the 1980s and went backward for many. Hispanics, about 9 percent of the nation's population, tend to be far below the average non-Hispanic white American in income and educational resources, and behind African Americans in educational status, but yet they have also assimilated faster and face less persistent discrimination than African Americans do. S. Department of Commerce 1994, table 11).
Over 21 percent of the white adult population are now college graduates compared with 11 percent of blacks. The educational levels of Hispanics are lower by most measures than those of blacks. S. Department of Commerce 1990, tables 217, 218), the proportion of Hispanics finishing high school is substantially less than the proportion of blacks who do so (fig. 4). S. 1). In contrast, both black and white enrollment declined somewhat in the mid-1980s before resuming its growth in the early 1990s. During the 1970s and 1980s, the mean educational level of Hispanics increased even though the increase in the Hispanic population included tens of thousands of immigrants from Mexico and Central America.
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