BYP Memo: The Policing of Black Communities and Young People of Color


Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown’s murder by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has focused the nation’s attention on racial disparities in the law enforcement system. Brown’s case is not an isolated incident. Along with Brown, the cases of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in Florida and, more recently, Eric Garner in New York and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, all tell stories of how unarmed Black men became victims of police forces charged with serving and protecting their communities and are then denied justice by the legal system.

New app helps determine ‘sketchy’ neighborhoods


SketchFactor is now available in app stores. The app uses user data to determine the “sketchiness” of certain neighborhoods and areas.

Despite the fact that the racial makeup of an area will more than likely play a part in which areas are deemed “sketchy” by users, the app is a finalist for the NYC BigApps competition, and has been well-received.

Report: from one Census to the next, millions change racial/ethnic identity on form

According to data analyzed by the Pew Research Center, millions of citizens in America counted in the 2000 census changed their race or Hispanic-origin categories when they filled out the forms in 2010.

Hispanics, Americans of mixed race, American Indians and Pacific Islanders were among the most likely to check difference boxes this time around.