Are blacks as financially well off as whites? Depends on whom you ask
Despite large and persistent gaps between blacks and whites on virtually every indicator of economic well-being, about half of all whites say the average black person is about as well off financially or doing better than the average white person, according to a survey released last week by the Pew Research Center.
King’s “I have a dream” speech, by the numbers
Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech 50 years ago today on Washington D.C.’s National Mall and Memorial Parks has become one of the most famous, and quoted, pieces of oratory in U.S. history (though that wasn’t apparent to everyone at the time). But how well have the aspirations King so memorably expressed been realized? We ran […]
Remembering Katrina: Wide racial divide over government’s response
Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Tomorrow marks another, less heralded event in the history of U.S. race relations.
The black-white and urban-rural divides in perceptions of racial fairness
A recent Pew Research Center survey asked Americans of all races how black people are treated relative to whites by the police, the court system and other institutions in their community. The results show a large and consistent black-white gap in perceptions, with blacks far more likely than whites to say African Americans are treated […]
Incarceration gap widens between whites and blacks
Black men were more than six times as likely as white men in 2010 to be incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and local jails.
Four takeaways from Tuesday’s Census income and poverty release
On Tuesday the Census Bureau released its annual trove of data on income, poverty and health insurance in 2012. Here were some of the key findings on household income: New data show that median household income has stagnated for the longest period since the government began collecting such data in 1967. In 2012 the median […]
A Portrait of Jewish Americans
American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, but their identity is also changing: 22% of American Jews now say they have no religion.
How Media Organizations are Handling the ‘Redskins’ Name
Data as of Oct. 30, 2013. Read Media take sides on ‘Redskins’ name (Fact Tank, Oct. 30, 2013) Media Outlets Boycotting/No Longer Using Name The Richmond Free Press Slate The New Republic Mother Jones Monday Morning Quarterback Washington City Paper DCist The Oregonian The Seattle Times Kansas City Star San Francisco Chronicle Sportsgrid Journalists Boycotting/No Longer […]
Black president by 2013? Twenty years ago, about half of Americans thought there was a good chance
The historic moment may not have come as a surprise to many. Twenty years ago, about half of Americans (54%) thought the chances were good that we would have a black president by now, according to a 1993 Gallup/CNN/USA Today survey of U.S. adults, while 45% thought the chances were slim.
What happens when Jews intermarry?
Does intermarriage lead to assimilation and weaken the Jewish community? Or does it strengthen and diversify the Jewish community?