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Racial Disparity

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.