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Racial Disparity

Help Wanted: NINA

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

Contemporary debates about immigration are not new to the United States. Debates about immigration in the United States have always been difficult and laced with social prejudice. Late 19th-century America faced immigration challenges with an influx of people from Asia and southern and eastern Europe.

No Throwaway Kids

Shaena Fazal | Posted 03.03.2016 | Crime
Shaena Fazal

Policymakers are finally warming to a reform that helps young people and that we now know the public supports: that the best thing for justice-involved youth is to get the help they need in their homes and communities, not through confinement.

Black People Ticketed For Not Wearing Seat Belts In Florida Twice As Often As Whites

The Huffington Post | Tyler Tynes | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

Black people in Florida are being stopped and ticketed for minor seat belt violations nearly twice as often as white people statewide and up to four t...

Judicial Discretion: There's Good News, and Some Pretty Bad News

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.06.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

As greater emphasis is being placed on the importance judicial discretion in sentencing, a new comprehensive study from the Bureau of Justice examining this practice has revealed some unintended and unsettling consequences.

U.S. Police Officers Kill Primarily Because They Are Attacked, Not To Disrupt Crime

Alev Dudek | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Police officers in the U.S.A. are not better or worse than in Germany or Great Britain. What determines the conduct of an average police officer is the political and organizational climate in which they operate.

From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Just like immigration reform, mass incarceration and the need to change our criminal justice system are sparking another movement -- especially after the parable of Ferguson woke up the country.

The Opportunity Gap

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the spring of 1954, like so many Black families, mine waited anxiously for the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. My father and I talked about it and what it would mean for my future and the future of millions of other Black children who were attending segregated but unequal Black schools. He died the week before Brown was decided. But I and many other children were able, in later years, to walk through the new and heavy doors that Brown slowly and painfully opened. Now, the most recent findings from the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection, called the "richest, fullest" collection so far for measuring education access and equity in our nation's public schools, show many children are still receiving an unequal education. This is the unfinished work of the Civil Rights Movement.

Video: Watch How Florida Prosecutes Children as Adults

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Human Rights Watch

The US Supreme Court, in a series of four recent cases, has underscored what every parent knows -- that children are developmentally less mature, and more capable of rehabilitation.

The Zimmerman Verdict Highlights America's Disgrace

David Abbitt | Posted 09.15.2013 | Crime
David Abbitt

Yes, it is an unfair system and minorities, those who have darker skin in particular, are treated inequitably by it. The injustices stretch far beyond the American courtroom, beyond a single verdict or a handful of verdicts. So, what are we going to do about it?

The Startling Cost Of Enforcing Marijuana Laws

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business

States together spent somewhere around $3.6 billion enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010, according to a new study by the American Civil Liber...

Blacks Are Nearly 4 Times More Likely To Be Arrested For Pot Possession

Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices

The U.S. War on Marijuana is not just costly, time-consuming and unnecessary -- it's also racially biased, according to a new report. In recent yea...

Don't Mess With Texas? How the Supreme Court Should Rule on Education Case

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 12.10.2012 | College
Rep. Mike Honda

I wholeheartedly believe that when a student's race is considered, it must be done in a careful and thoughtful way. Let us hope, for the sake of our nation's economic health, that the Supreme Court continues to let universities determine their own admissions criteria.

Pushing Children Out of School -- A New American Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Every time a child is excluded from school by adults or is chronically absent without any actions to determine why, we are failing the child and undercutting the importance of education. Hundreds of years after Americans first made that connection, what will it take for us to get it again today?

A New Approach to Black Inequality

LaVar Young | Posted 04.17.2012 | Black Voices
LaVar Young

At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, it wasn't that we should fight -- that was clear -- it was how we should fight that Martin Luther King, Jr. most effectively communicated. But today the landscape has changed.

What Can Be Done About Racial Disparities In Presidential Pardons?

Lois Beckett and Robin Respaut/ProPublica | Posted 12.09.2011 | Black Voices

ProPublica's Lois Beckett and Robin Respaut report: If the government wants to correct racial disparity in presidential pardons, it will require a...

Fighting to Make Health Equality a Reality

Nisha Agarwal | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nisha Agarwal

Health insurance reform, while important, will not be enough to eliminate the racial and ethnic disparities that reveal themselves, vividly, in the Bronx.