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§ 8101. Legislative findings and declarations

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 74. State Government

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 74. State Government (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 101. Oklahoma Task Force on the Status of African-American Males
74 Okl.St.Ann. § 8101
§ 8101. Legislative findings and declarations
A. The Oklahoma State Legislature hereby finds and declares that:
1. Statistical studies chronicling the status of African-American males in American society reveal startling and disturbing conditions and trends;
2. By every indicia measuring achievement, success and quality of life in American society, African-American males are facing a prodigious struggle for survival while fighting formidable opponents;
3. African-American males make up only three and two-tenths percent (3.2%) of the population of Oklahoma, but are victims of twenty-one and eight-tenths percent (21.8%) of the state's homicides and comprise twenty-one and five-tenths percent (21.5%) of all persons under the control of the State Department of Corrections;
4. National statistics indicate that one of every twenty-two African-American males will die as a result of homicide and that one of every six African-American males will be arrested by the age of nineteen1 years;
5. African-American males make up only three percent (3%) of Oklahoma's total college and university enrollment;
6. African-American males suffer from more debilitating health problems, a higher death rate and a lower life expectancy than males in other ethnic and racial groups;
7. Between the years 1973 and 1988, the average real annual income for African-American males in the United States between the ages of twenty2 and twenty-four3 years fell by more than fifty percent (50%); and
8. There is no statewide repository of data available on the status of African-American males.

Credits

Laws 1993, c. 96, § 1, emerg. eff. April 18, 1993.

Footnotes

Should read “nineteen (19)”.
Should read “twenty (20)”.
Should read “twenty-four (24)”.
74 Okl. St. Ann. § 8101, OK ST T. 74 § 8101
Current with emergency effective legislation through Chapter 3 of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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