According to the 2000 Census of Population and Housing, black Bermudians hold more BA degrees than their white counterparts.
Nine hundred and forty four (944) BA degrees where held by black Bermudian female, 718 by black Bermudian males, 586 by white Bermudian males and 447 by white Bermudian females in 2000.
On what page in the 2000 Census of Population and Housing does this information exist? The only information available for Bermudians by race and education level suggests University level education (a degree), not a ‘BA’. Some of us busted our butts for Bachelor’s of Engineering Science, not Bachelor’s of Arts, a little recognition would be appreciated.
Anyway, the numbers suggested for a ‘university’ education place black Bermudians at 1752 for black males and 1541 for white males. As for females, they’re pegged at 2697 for black and 1570 for white. All this can be found on page 130 of the 2000 Census of Population and Housing. Where the above numbers from BNN came from is unknown.
Then they quote a mysterious government press release (we know how we feel about those) that apparently was only released to BNN as it hasn’t been published on the government website. The report is suggested to have stated:
“It has long been an erroneous perception that blacks in Bermuda did not possess the same educational qualifications as whites. That perception was used to explain the apparent lack of progress of blacks into senior and executive managerial positions in the workplace.”
Again, a BA is not the same as a BESc. Let’s be certain what we’re talking about here.
Statistics for Masters Degree follow a similar pattern, with 479 held by black women, 201 by black men, 108 by white women and 105 by white men.
Right, but this is only masters degrees and your comparing numbers provided today with ones from the 2000 census. How about a little consistency? While you’re at it, how about breakdowns of doctorates, bachelors and even types of bachelors. It then goes to use this as a basis of comparing median incomes which is completely uncorrelated.
There is, however, a significant difference between the races regarding education and income.
The press release said: “What is evident from the chart is that at either level of education, the white and other race employees recorded the higher level of median monthly income than black employees with the same level of education. At the college degree level, white and other employees took home a median monthly wage of $4,111 while black employees reported a take-home wage of $2,964.
First, how do we jump from quoting a statistic for Master’s Degrees to one for college degree’s? Are we comparing college (Associate’s) degree’s to university (bachelors) or college to college? Is this comparing black vs. white Bermudians or blacks vs. whites overall. This mistake has been made in the past so it’d be helpful to know we’re comparing apples to apples here.
“Ironically, the chart also demonstrates that white employees with no formal certificates were earning a higher median income than black college degree holders at $3,147. Black employees with no formal certificate made a median monthly income of $2,333.”
Could this press release be forwarded to the general public please, perhaps with supporting statistics? It’d be great to know where these median incomes by degree level are calculated. Again, black vs. white alone isn’t helpful, we need to know if this is Bermudian only or encompassing all workers with the reasoning being that if the median incomes for Bermudians overall at the degree level (specific type of degree that is) are lower than non-Bermudians regardless of whether race is considered could point to a much larger problem beyond simply race.
Finally, the article uses these discrepancies as justifications for the Racial Equity Law.
The proposed Workforce Equity Legislation would make employers accountable for establishing work equity plans in an effort to address systemic discrimination.
However, nowhere in the draft Workforce Equity Act are income disparities mentioned nor accounted for. It only states that employers must create plans to rectify under-representation of Black Bermudians, not under-compensation, so how can the draft act be used as justification against unfair income levels?
It just doesn’t add up.