Anonymous asked in Society & CultureOther - Society & Culture · 1 decade ago

Why are Africans so ahead of African Americans ?

frican-born blacks comprise about 16 percent of the U.S. foreign-born black population (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000), and are “considerably” more educated than other immigrants. The vast majority of these immigrants come from minority white countries in East and West Africa (e.g. Kenya and Nigeria). While less than 2 percent originate from North or South Africa (CIA World Factbook, 2004; Yearbook of immigration Statistics, 2003). In an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Journal of Blacks in higher education, African immigrants to the United States were found more likely to be college educated than any other immigrant group, which included those from Europe, North America and Asia (see also Nisbett, 2002; U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000). African immigrants have also been shown to be more highly educated than any native-born ethnic group including white and Asian Americans (Logan & Deane, 2003; Williams, 2005; The Economist, 1996; Arthur, 2000; Selassie, 1998; Nisbett, 2002).

Most data suggests that between 43.8 and 49.3 percent of “all” African immigrants in the United States hold a college diploma (Nisbett, 2002; Charles, 2007; U.S. Census, 2000). This is slightly more than the percentage of Asian immigrants to the U.S., substantially greater than the percentage of European immigrants, nearly “double” that of native-born white Americans, nearly four times the rate of native-born African Americans, and more than “8 times” that of some Hispanic groups (Williams, 2005; Nisbett, 2002; The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 1999-2000; U.S. Census, 2000).

Crawford-Nutt (2005) found that African black students enrolled in westernized schools scored higher on progressive matrix tests than did American white students

African born blacks residing in Western countries tend also to be concentrated in higher level professional occupations, which are considered (by some) to be more intellectually demanding; requiring greater cognitive ability (Jensen, 1980; Gottfredson, 1986; Herrnstein and Murray, 1994), than the average occupations of either American or British born whites (Nisbett, 2002; Dixon, 2006; Li and Heath, 2006; Dustmann and Theodoropoulos, 2006). According to IQ advocates and social Darwinists, alike, these occupational differences should also be suggestive of higher levels of intelligence among black African immigrants than among whites (e.g. Gottfredson, 1986; Jensen 1980). Cole (1990), argues that the relevance of school-based skills, such as those found on IQ and scholastic aptitude tests, will grow as the outside-of-school contexts becomes more like that of school, itself.


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5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer you think this creates a division amongst the two?

  • 1 decade ago

    They are not necessarily ahead. Africa is facing a massive brain drain. Most of their best and brightest go to the West - which worsen Africa development. When they have the opportunity to go, they go. So it is not an indicator of their intelligence over African America.

    Africa American faces economic as well as social institution that prohibit their growth. Their sense of self is also dimished their selfesteem. They history was destroyed, so they have no anchor. African immigrant have an anchor, a place they can truly call home, where African American dont' have a true home.

    Those statistic means nothing.

  • 1 decade ago

    simple i believe that due to the fact that racism in america is still a very prominent, blacks strive to do better to prove a point. if everyone had the same outlook as you maybe there would be less racism and everyone would be looked apon as equals.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    good for them, but to move to the US legally you sort have to have a college education or at least some job experience. also the educated blacks from those countries are probably trying to escape the poverty there by educating themselves and leaving.

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  • gvr
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    i dunno

    Source(s): don't feel like reading that
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