This study illustrates what many black college students already know to be true: discrimination exists on campus.
An amazing Newsweek article by Joshua DuBios highlights the struggles of black men in America, and the horrific consequences of their large-scale incarceration.
According to the article, there are more black men incarcerated, on probation, or on parole than there were slaves in the 1850s.
Many fear that an upcoming Supreme Court decision will strike down the practice of affirmative action.
And as HuffPost’s Justin Pope points out, such a decision could spark debate on whether or not class – rather than race – is a larger barrier to economic success.
Polling on affirmative action varies widely depending on how questions are phrased, but an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday showed strong feelings about using race in college admissions: Just 22 percent of Americans support letting universities consider applicants’ race as a factor, and 76 percent oppose the practice. The proportions supporting racial preferences were similar for blacks (19 percent) and Hispanics (29 percent) as for whites (20 percent).
According to research from Loyola University and Project NIA, 75 percent of students arrested in Chicago’s public schools last year were black.
The results only further convey the horrific racial disparities at the heart of the school-to-prison pipeline.
The study provides a total racial breakdown on arrests in 2012: That year, 3,240 black students were arrested, along with 889 Latinos, and 136 white students.
According to the ACLU, authorities are targeting African Americans for marijuana-related offenses. The racial disparity is astounding.
According to their study, whites and blacks use marijuana at the same rate.
Yet, African Americans are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. On a state-by-state basis, this disparity is even higher.
According to a report by the Anne E. Casey Foundation, youth incarceration rates have dropped by 41% since its peak in 1995.
In 2010 there were 70,792 young people incarcerated, compared to a whopping 107,637 in 1995.
There are a variety of factors that have contributed to this trend. Juvenile crime rates have fallen, long-term sentences for young people aren’t as prevalent, and the economic downturn has forced states and counties to pursue alternatives to incarceration.
Of course for young people of color, the odds are still stacked against them. Black youth are five times as likely as their white peers to be incarcerated; Latino and Native American youth are 2-3 times as likely.
A report by California’s Assembly Select Committee on the status of of boys and men of color finds that, among other alarming statistics, by kindergarten, 1 in 4 African American boys believe they will fail at school.
The report takes a broad look that the experiences of young men of color – particularly black and Latino young men – in California.
They cite education, health and employment as significant concerns, and advocate for a multi-faceted approach to addressing these challenges.
Last month, the State Board of Education in Florida approved a new set of student achievement guidelines that sets lower standards for Black youth.
Rather than closing the achievement gaps between students of different races, the guidelines simply accept them.
The Dept. of Ed. claims the guidelines acknowledge that “not everyone begins their education equipped with the same set of tools.”
But does that mean we should set lower expectations for our young people?
According to a recent report, black females represent the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population.
The author of the report, Monique Morris, argues that it is extremely important that we expand the ‘school-to-prison pipeline” conversation to include black girls.
From these and other incidents in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that punitive disciplinary practices and other criminalizing policies that fuel what we understand as a “school to prison pipeline” impact the girls as well as the boys.
60 years after Brown v. Board desegregated public schools, a new report reveals the obvious:
American schools are still largely segregated along racial and economic lines.
African American and Latino students are likely to attend schools with very few white students, and are more likely to attend schools where a majority of students come from low-income families.
A federal court has blocked a controversial new Texas voter ID law, asserting that “the state failed to show that the law would not harm the voting rights of minorities.”
Texas is just one of many states that have tried to pass voter ID laws that many – including activists and the Justice Department – believe will disenfranchise minority voters.
Proponents of the laws argue that they are needed to combat voter fraud. But on Thursday, the three-judge panel hearing the case were not convinced.
Not that we needed more evidence, but a new map shows that the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk tactic is race-based and ineffective in getting actual criminal off the streets.
The map shows that of the 770 guns confiscated by NYPD through the Stop-and-Frisk initiative, most of those guns were not taken in places where the tactic is executed most:
Only 770 guns were recovered from 685,000 NYPD Stop-and-Frisk stops across the city last year, according to WNYC. And those guns are not showing up in the places where the police are devoting the most stop-and-frisk resources.
According to a recent study by Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis, Black and Latino students are underrepresented at highly selective colleges.
The study analyzed race, income, and enrollment patterns at America’s top Universities from 1982-2004.
Even after accounting for income disparities, white students were five times as likely as black students to enroll at a top-tier university, and two-three times as likely to gain admission.
Chuck D once said that Hip Hop is the CNN of the black community.
It was a compelling comparison, and certainly an apt one. But as the genre moved wholeheartedly into mainstream territory, it started looking more like Fox News; one-sided, divorced from reality, and serving the financial and ideological interests of elites.
The Black Youth Project and Power of Purpose hope to change all of that with the release of The Pledge Mixtape; a 13-song compilation of various artists taking back their communal power through music. The mixtape’s release will coincide with the launch of BYP’s Pledge Campaign; a call for individuals and organizations to close ranks around black youth, and make a commitment to fight with black youth as they confront a relentless crisis.
As executive producer of the project, Grammy-winning Hip Hop artist and activist Che “Rhymefest” Smith hopes the compilation will inspire other artists to use Hip Hop music as a tool for social change in a city that has a murder rate worse than U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
According to a new Gallup poll, confidence in America’s public school system as hit an all-time low.
Only 29 percent of respondents expressed a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in public education.