Black Stats Frequently requested
data on African American consumers
Black Buying Power:
$836 Billion (2010)
Black U.S. Population:
Top Five Black Cities
- New York
Top Five Black Metros:
- New York-New Jersey
- Los Angeles
Top Five Expenditures:
- Housing $203.8 bil.
- Food $65.2 bil.
- Cars/Trucks $29.1 bil.
- Clothing $29.3 bil.
- Health Care $23.6 bil. ______________________
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Minority, civil rights groups back Rep. Rush for top Dem on
The National Journal (November 23, 2010) Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., has received the
backing of a group of minority and civil rights groups in his bid to
become the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce
Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee.
In a letter Monday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the groups
cited Rush's experience on the committee, his work on the 1996
telecommunications act and ability to work well with other Democrats and
"With the exhaustive list of issues awaiting CTI's consideration, we
need to be sure that the ranking member of this crucial subcommittee is
up to speed," according to the letter signed by such groups as the
Minority Media & Telecommunications Council, National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League and the Rainbow Push
coalition. "Congressman Rush is not only up to speed, but he is ahead of
the curve. His years of experience and intricate knowledge of current
issues within CTI's domain make him the optimal candidate for this
The current chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, Rep. Rick
Boucher, D-Va., was defeated in the midterm election earlier this month,
leaving the top Democratic spot on the panel open in the next Congress
when the GOP will have control of the House. Rush is currently the
chairman of the Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee
but announced earlier this month his desire to switch to become the
ranking member on the Communications panel.
Below is the letter released by the National Coalition on Black Civic
Dear Speaker Pelosi,
We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to express our strong,
unwavering support for Congressman Bobby L. Rush as he pursues becoming
the ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Communications,
Technology, and the Internet (CTI).
Congressman Rush's legislative track record includes fifteen years of
service as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee – when, during
his first term, the Democratic House leadership selected him as a
conferee of the Energy and Commerce Committee on the Telecommunications
Act of 1996. His selection as conferee on this landmark piece of
communications legislation enabled the ultimate reconciliation of the
differences between the House and Senate versions of this contentious
In addition to his service on the Energy and Commerce Committee and
service to CTI, Congressman Rush has also served for the past two
sessions of Congress as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce,
Trade, and Consumer Protection (CTCP). His careful stewardship of this
all important subcommittee demonstrates his capability and adds
significant heft to his pursuit of becoming the ranking member on CTI.
Throughout his tenure in Congress and as a member of the Energy and
Commerce Committee, Congressman Rush has demonstrated an uncanny ability
to work well with Democrats and Republicans alike to accomplish
important objectives and move major pieces of legislation into law.
Congressman Rush's track record is exemplary and borne of a deep
knowledge of the issues that are central to CTI's activities and
As a consequence of his service on both CTI and CTCP, Congressman Rush
understands and is able to balance the concerns of traditional and
emerging communications technology with the need for strong consumer
protections. With the exhaustive list of issues awaiting CTI's
consideration, we need to be sure that the ranking member of this
crucial subcommittee is up to speed. Congressman Rush is not only up to
speed, but he is ahead of the curve. His years of experience and
intricate knowledge of current issues within CTI's domain make him the
optimal candidate for this position.
For all of the aforementioned reasons, we urge you to support
Congressman Rush's candidacy for ranking member of the House
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet. His
election to ranking member of CTI will advance the causes of consumers,
his constituents and of underserved communities in America.
100 Black Men of America
A Phillip Randolph Institute
Black College Communications Association (BCCA)
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Minority Media & Telecommunications Council (MMTC)
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO)
National Association of Neighborhoods (NAN)
National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL)
National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame
National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA)
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)
National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM)
National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
National Medical Association (NMA)
National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women
National Urban League
Rainbow Push Coalition (RPC)
JUST RELEASED New
'Buying Power' report: Black consumers spend as economy grows Details $507
1, 2010) African-American consumers are cautiously increasing their
spending in some key product categories, even as they continue to make
adjustments in a slowly growing economy. The finding comes from the soon
to be issued 16th annual edition of "The Buying Power of Black America"
In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product
and services categories. That's an increase of 16.6% over the $435 billion
spent in 2008. African-Americans' total earned income for 2009 is
estimated at $836 billion...