Where is the racist?

There are a plethora of racial inequalities that spur across our country, but not many [White] people are openly addressing these issues. I think that the challenge our generation faces in generating change is that the inequalities are discretely embedded into our systems and mindsets. Prior to even beginning to create change, we have to dig through and educate ourselves on where the problems are stemming from. There is no obvious culprit. During the height of the KKK and Jim Crow, you were able to clearly point and tie responsibility of the hatred to specific individuals and their actions. Today, our society claims to not be composed of racist individuals, but continues to operate in a system where White individuals are granted certain privileges. We have a toxic cocktail composed of disturbing underlying oppression in a variety of sectors, and denial that racial inequalities even exist.

The influence of race in a variety of issues
Here are some stats and further links you can check out to gain more information. I hope this post provides some insight for the realities of our country. 

 Criminal Justice System

  • 1 in 3 Black males are estimated to be incarcerated in their lifetime
  • 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites.

Learn More: http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet

Environment

  • African Americans making $50,000 to $60,000 per year are way more likely to live in a polluted environment than poor white families making just $10,000 per year, according to environmental sociologist Robert Bullard.

 

 

Learn More: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2015/08/environmental_racism_when_where_you_live_determines_how_fast_you_die.html

 

Education

  • African American, Latino, and Native American students attend schools with higher concentrations of first-year teachers than white students do.
  • African American preschool children comprise 18 percent of all those enrolled, but account for nearly half of all suspensions
  • African American students are less likely to be assigned books in school in which the main characters are of the same race

 

Learn more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/21/us/school-data-finds-pattern-of-inequality-along-racial-lines.html?_r=0

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/study-education-inequality/

Haley W.

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