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.
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 Serwer, Staff Writer at The Atlantic covering politics
Elizabeth Hinton, incoming 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 Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide"
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.
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.
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.
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.