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Examining the Black-White Wealth Gap


A close examination of wealth in the U.S. finds evidence of staggering racial disparities. At $171,000, the net worth of a typical white family is nearly ten times greater than that of a Black family ($17,150) in 2016. Gaps in wealth between Black and white households reveal the effects of accumulated inequality and discrimination, as well as differences in power and opportunity that can be traced back to this nation’s inception. The Black-white wealth gap reflects a society that has not and does not afford equality of opportunity to all its citizens.


The Tipping Point for the End of Systemic Racism in Policing

How a Legacy of Racist Policies and Police Brutality Contributed to the Mass Disenfranchisement of Black People

The death of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis has ignited protests and conversations surrounding the mistreatment of Black Americans at the hands of the state against the backdrop of a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting Black people. Americans in every state have taken to the streets to protest police brutality and chant "Black Lives Matter." A look at the history of Black disenfranchisement, failures in leadership and policy, and the role ongoing protests will play in the general election.  


Adam SerwerStaff Writer at The Atlantic covering politics

Elizabeth Hintonincoming Professor of History, law and African-American studies at Yale and the author of “From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America”

Carol AndersonCharles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide"


America: Individual effort is not going to help us address racism

Man wearing an Enough shirt during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in St. Charles, Missouri, U.S. June 6, 2020. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

Since at least 1979, Black males have consistently earned around 75% of what white males have earned and since 2000, Black males have experienced an unemployment rate roughly double that of white males.


Bad apples come from rotten trees in policing

A demonstrator is arrested by police at a We Can't Breathe rally in protest over the death of George Floyd, on May 29, 2020 in the Manhattan borough of New York, NY, USA. Photo: Joel Marklund

Black Americans are 3.5 times more likely than white people to be killed by police when they are not attacking or have a weapon. Black teenagers are 21 times more likely than white teenagers to be killed by police.


The Science of Justice: Race, Arrests, and Police Use of Force

The Science of Justice, Race, Arrests, and Police Use of Force ...Despite the importance of understanding how race intersects with police use of force, little research has used police administrative data to investigate whether or not disparities exist. Because the dominant narrative around race and law enforcement is that crime rates drive police behavior, we used data from the National Justice Database — Center for Policing Equity’s project to provide national-level data and analyses on police behavior—to investigate racial disparities in use of force benchmarking against demographics of local arrest rates.

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To build safe streets, we need to address racism in urban design

Safe Passage worker Irene Fonder helps two Sherwood Elementary School children cross an intersection in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, United States, September 8, 2015. The fourth-largest U.S. public school system is not cutting corners when it comes to the $17.8 million annual budget for safety patrols that watch over children walking to school through neighborhoods plagued by gang violence. The...

From highways to transportation, intentional decisions by planners and policymakers divided America’s landscape along racial lines, leaving low-income neighborhoods with physically unsafe streets and dire socioeconomic conditions that spur violence.


Webinar: How We Rise-Policy Solutions to Upend Structural Racism

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Title: The Color of Credit : Mortgage Discrimination, Research Methodology, and Fair-Lending Enforcement

Measuring Housing Discrimination in a National Study : Report of a Workshop

The color of law : a forgotten history of how our government segregated America

The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness

America's Growing Inequality : The Impact of Poverty and Race