Saturday, September 23, 2017

Systemic Racism Is Real.

The reality for most people of color in the United States is legitimately different than my reality as a white woman.

We can trade links and troll comments all day and come to different conclusions about race in America. 

But these stats are just a glance into the systemic racism that persists in our country today:

1. African Americans and whites use drugs at similar rates, but the imprisonment rate of African Americans for drug charges is almost 6 times that of whites. 

2. African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites.

3. Black people are more likely to be wrongfully convicted than white people. While black people represent 13% of the US population, they represent 47% of exonerations.
4. African American children represent 32% of children who are arrested, 42% of children who are detained, and 52% of children whose cases are judicially waived to criminal court. 
5. If African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as whites, prison and jail populations would decline by almost 40%.
6. Black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students. On average, 5% of white students are suspended, compared to 16% of black students. 
7. Job applications with names that are stereotypically white receive 50 percent more callbacks for interviews than those with names that are stereotypically black. This means an applicant with a name that “sounds black” needs to send out 15 resumes before getting an interview, whereas an applicant with a name that “sounds white” only needs to send out 10.
8. HUD recently settled with the largest bank in Wisconsin over claims that it discriminated against black and Hispanic borrowers in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota from 2008-2010. Though these cases of banks redlining minorities to prevent homeownership are decreasing, historic prejudice by lenders, over the past 100 years, makes homeownership beyond reach for many minority families.
Racial tensions are high. It's easy to dismiss the concerns of protesters who are too loud, too destructive, too angry, or too emotional. Sometimes they are quiet, undistracting, reverent, and calm, and still, we take offense and ignore the important root of their message:
Systemic racism is real. 

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