– Black people are less than 13% of the U.S. population, and they make up only 14% of regular drug users, yet they are 37% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 56% of those in state prisons for drug offenses.
– Black kids are 10 times more likely to be arrested for drug crimes than white kids—even though white kids are more likely to abuse drugs.
– There are currently more Black people locked up in prison than there were enslaved in 1850.
– 1 in every 15 Black men (and 1 in every 36 Latinx men) are currently incarcerated, while for white men the statistic is 1 in 106.
– Black boys are arrested 10 times more frequently than white boys, for a non-violent crime that they commit less frequently than white boys, funneling young Black men into the criminal justice system from a young age in a way that does not happen to white boys.
– Black people are more likely to remain in prison awaiting trial than whites; in some places, they are 33% more likely to be detained while awaiting trial than whites.
– people of color are routinely arraigned under stiffer, harsher charges than white offenders. While more than 90% of cases end in a plea bargain, Black and Latinx defendants are less successful at getting their sentences reduced via plea bargain.
– Black people are 21% more likely to receive mandatory minimum sentences than whites.
– Black people are 20% more likely to be sentenced to prison than whites.
– Black offenders receive sentences that are 10% longer than white offenders for the same crimes.
– Black and Latinx people were 3 times as likely to be stopped as whites, and that Black people were twice as likely to be arrested and 4 times as likely “to experience the threat or use of force during interactions with the police” compared to white people.
– Whites are 78% more likely to be accepted to the same university as equally qualified people of color. Emphasis on “equally qualified.”
– 71% of white students receive degrees, compared to only 29% of people of color.
– Black students make up only 18% of student population, they are 35% of those suspended once, 46% of those suspended more than once, and 39% of those expelled.
– A black college student has the same chances of getting a job as a white high school dropout.
– a white male with a criminal record is 5% more likely to get a job than an equally qualified person of color with a clean record.
– Black men need to complete not one but two more levels of education just to have the same probability of getting a job as a white man.
– The average net worth of black households is $6,314, compared to $110,500 for the average white household.
– a college-educated white American has an average net worth of $75,000, a college-educated black American has an average net worth of less than $17,500.
– The black-white wealth gap is greater in the United States today than it was in South Africa in 1970, at the height of apartheid. We also incarcerate a higher percentage of blacks today than apartheid South Africa did.
– Black men make: 72¢ for every dollar a white man makes.
– 11% of the American population do not have the kind of government ID required by the strictest state voter ID laws—including 18% of Americans over 65 and 25% of blacks.
– African American children comprise 33.2% of missing children cases, but only 19.5% of cases reported in the media.
– Subprime loans were given to 41.5% of Black and 30.9% of Latinx borrowers, but only 17.8% of whites.