As President Obama wraps up the final months of his second term as the nation’s first African-American president, many will begin to assess the progress the nation has made under his administration, and more specifically, the progress that Black America has made.  In making these critical assessments, we must also consider which presidential candidate is best suited to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead for the United States.  How well has the nation recovered from the worst economic crisis it has seen in generations?  How much closer to the goal of universal healthcare coverage has the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – gotten us?  Have racial justice and overall race relations worsened or improved over the last eight years?  Will the next policy era be one that reduces or exacerbates decades of growing income and wealth inequality?   The 2016 National Urban League Equality Index tells an all too familiar story of persistent racial disparities in American life, making clear that the historic Obama presidency has not been a panacea for America’s long-standing race problem.