The Facts

  • Millions of Africans were kidnapped, enslaved, and shipped across the Atlantic to the Americas under horrendous conditions, about two million of them perished at sea during the hellish voyage.
  • There were over 34,000 recorded lynchings of black Americans between 1892 and 1944.
  • African Americans make up about 13 percent of the nation’s population, but compose 28 percent of all arrests, 40 percent of those locked up in jails and prisons, and 42 percent of the population on death row.
  • Many studies have indicated that white Americans use drugs more than black Americans, but black people are arrested for possession of drugs more than three times as often as whites.
  • Black men are subjected to prison sentences 19.5 percent longer than those of white men who commit comparable crimes.
  • Black-on-White crime is frequently sentenced more harshly than either Black-on Black or White-on-Black crime.
  • One in eight black men in their twenties are in jail or prison on any given day.
  • 13% of black men cannot vote due to felony convictions.
  • Many studies prove that police are more likely to stop and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites. 
  • Black males between the ages of 15 and 34 are roughly nine times more likely to be the victim of a police killing than any other demographic.
  • Employers are more likely to reject job seekers if they have African-American sounding names.
  • Studies show that black students are punished more often, and more severely, for misbehaving than their white students.
  • Almost half of the black population in the United States currently live in neighborhoods that have no white residents.
  • 28 percent of blacks live at or below the poverty line in contrast to 10 percent of whites.
  • Most people receiving public assistance are not black.
  • African Americans were close to two times more likely to be harmed by the mortgage lending crisis than any other demographic.
  • Chicago is one of the most segregated and violent cities in the United States.


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