The posts on this page include facts and statistics gathered over many years. Because of this, some will have become stale. Also, the very nature of statistics is that they are essentially outdated as soon as they are published because we are always changing, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Therefore DO CONSIDER DOING YOUR OWN RESEARCH. We would be thrilled to post whatever you find that seems more relevant.
One place that has a wide assortment of facts regarding racism that is relevant to each state is available on this page. State Fact Sheets (2020)
Fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other leaders launched a Poor People’s Campaign to tackle the pervasive problems of systemic racism, poverty, and militarism. By many measures, these interrelated problems are worse today than they were back in 1968. And if you add in climate change and ecological devastation, the urgency is even greater. Learn more about the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism/the war economy, ecological devastation, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism in your state:
In 1555, John Hawkins, a white English missionary arrives in Africa Sierra Leone. There were thousands of villagers celebrating their harvest festival of crops. John Hawkins tells the polite villagers that God has sent him to preach about a God named Jesus. After the sermon, Hawkins asked how many were ready to receive Jesus. 500 hands went up. Hawkins invited them to the beach where his slave ship named Jesus was waiting. Hawkins urged his new converts to enter the ship for their salvation.
The world is a sphere spinning on an axis. White supremacy has us believe that European countries are on top, centered and occupy the upper half. In reality the equator is much lower then folks think and it could just as easily have Africa on the top, be far larger and more significant.
11 FACTS ABOUT RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
And what you can do about it.
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• During the 2015–2016 school year, Black students represented only 15% of total US student enrollment, but they made up 35% of students suspended once, 44% of students suspended more than once, and 36% of students expelled. The US Department of Education concluded that this disparity is “not explained by more frequent or more serious misbehavior by students of color.”
• In New York City, 88% of police stops in 2018 involved Black and Latinx people, while 10% involved white people. (Of those stops, 70% were completely innocent.)
• In one US survey, 15.8% of students reported experiencing race-based bullying or harassment. Research has found significant associations between racial bullying and negative mental and physical health in students.
• From 2013 to 2017, white patients in the US received better quality health care than about 34% of Hispanic patients, 40% of Black patients, and 40% of Native American patients.
• Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women, even at similar levels of income and education.
• Black Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested. Once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted, and once convicted, they are more likely to experience lengthy prison sentences.
• Black Americans and white Americans use drugs at similar rates, but Black Americans are 6 times more likely to be arrested for it.
• On average, Black men in the US receive sentences that are 19.1% longer than those of white men convicted for the same crimes.
• In the US, Black individuals are twice as likely to be unemployed than white individuals. Once employed, Black individuals earn nearly 25% less than their white counterparts.
• One US study found that job resumes with traditionally white-sounding names received 50% more callbacks than those with traditionally Black names.
• In the US, Black workers are less likely than white workers to be employed in a job that is consistent with their level of education.
… Exclusion from federal homeownership programs undermined Black families’ wealth accumulation in the 20th century … The Federal Housing Admin. (FHA) used these maps to determine the areas in which it would guarantee mortgages based on a neighborhood’s racial composition, designating predominantly nonwhite neighborhoods as hazardous, and coloring these areas red. This process, known as redlining, …
Racism in Health Care: …60% of African Americans say that race or ethnic background affects getting routine medical care. …Heart mortality rates for adults ages 25-64 are almost twice as high among African Americans as whites.
Racism in Education: … Applied Research reports that the rate of school suspensions is far higher for black students than for whites nationwide. … African Americans and Hispanics in Texas were significantly more likely to be searched following a traffic stop by law enforcement agencies.
…The survey finds that black and white adults have widely different perceptions about what life is like for blacks in the U.S. For example, by large margins, blacks are more likely than whites to say black people are treated less fairly in the workplace (a difference of 42 percentage points), when applying for a loan or mortgage (41 points), in dealing with the police (34 points), in the courts (32 points), in stores or restaurants (28 points), and when voting in elections (23 points).