11 Facts About Racial Discrimination

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11 facts to help you understand racial discrimination.

  1. African-Americans comprise only 13% of the U.S. population and 14% of the monthly drug users, but are 37% of the people arrested for drug-related offenses in America.
  2. Studies show that police are more likely to pull over and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites. In New York City, 80% of the stops made were blacks and Latinos, and 85% of those people were frisked, compared to a mere 8% of white people stopped.
  3. After being arrested, African-Americans are 33% more likely than whites to be detained while facing a felony trial in New York.
  4. In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive 10% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes.
  5. In 2009 African-Americans are 21% more likely than whites to receive mandatory minimum sentences and 20% more likely to be sentenced to prison than white drug defendants.
  1. In a 2009 report, 2/3 of the criminals receiving life sentences were non-whites. In New York, it is 83%.
  2. African Americans make up 57% of the people in state prisons for drug offenses.
  3. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics concluded that an African American male born in 2001 has a 32% chance of going to jail in his lifetime, while a Latino male has a 17% chance, and a white male only has a 6% chance.
  4. In 2012, 51% of Americans expressed anti-black sentiments in a poll; a 3% increase from 2008.
  5. A survey in 2011 revealed that 52% of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes.
  6. Reports show that nearly 50% of Americans under 18 are minorities. The trend projects a reversal in the population where by 2030, the majority of people under 18 will be of color, and by 2042 nonwhites will be the majority of the U.S. population.
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