Bob Shepherd: How We Perpetuate Racial Inequity

Diane Ravitch's blog

Bob shepherd responded to the sixtieth anniversary of the Brown decision with these thoughts:

1. Today, a century and a half after the end of slavery, 38.2 percent of African-American children live in poverty.

2. Today, a century and a half after the end of slavery, we routinely jail or imprison people for breathing while black. A recent study in California found that white teens in that state used pot at higher rates than did black teens but that black teens were 17 TIMES as likely to be arrested for it. We in the U.S. have the highest rate of incarceration of any nation on Earth. Fully 2.9 percent of our population is in prison, in jail, or on parole. Although African Americans make up only between 12 and 13 percent of our population, they make up 40 percent of the prison population.

3. Today, a century and a half…

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