Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2014

Cable, Twitter picked up Ferguson story at a similar clip

The shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, quickly became a national news story on mainstream and social media last week. A new Pew Research Center analysis of media coverage of the event and subsequent protests finds that the story emerged on Twitter before cable, but the trajectory of attention quickly rose in […]

U.S. Politics Aug. 18, 2014

Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting

Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., raises important issues about race and that police have gone too far in responding to the shooting’s aftermath.

Aug. 18, 2014

Dept. of Ed. projects public schools will be ‘majority-minority’ this fall

A steady demographic change over the years has resulted in a decline in the number of whites in classrooms.

Fact Tank Aug. 1, 2014

As news business takes a hit, the number of black journalists declines

The number of black journalists working at U.S. daily newspapers has dropped 40% since 1997. That represents a loss of almost 1,200 journalists — from 2,946 in 1997 to 1,754 in 2013.

Fact Tank Jul. 18, 2014

Chart of the Week: The black-white gap in incarceration rates

Black men in their prime working years, especially those without a high school education, are much more likely to be in jail than white men are.

Jun. 26, 2014

U.S. Hispanic and Asian populations growing, but for different reasons

Natural increase (births minus deaths) accounted for 78% of the total change in the U.S. Hispanic population from 2012 to 2013, whereas migration accounted for about 61% of the total change in the Asian-American population.

Fact Tank Jun. 24, 2014

After decades of GOP support, Cubans shifting toward the Democratic Party

For decades, Cubans in the U.S. have strongly identified with or leaned toward the Republican Party, even as Hispanics overall have tilted Democrat. But the party affiliation of Cubans has undergone a shift over the past decade.

Fact Tank Jun. 20, 2014

As FIFA attempts to curb racism at the World Cup, a look at hate speech laws worldwide

Hate-speech laws exist in 89 countries around the world (45%). In some countries, the laws protect only certain religious or social groups, while others have broader laws, covering words or actions that insult, denigrate or intimidate a person or group based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity or other traits.

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2014

1-in-4 Native Americans and Alaska Natives are living in poverty

On his visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota today, President Obama is using his first stop at a Native American reservation while in office to highlight the challenges Native Americans face. In an op-ed published in Indian Country Today, Obama called the poverty and high school dropout rates among Native Americans […]

Fact Tank May. 28, 2014

As the New York Times’ first black executive editor, Dean Baquet is in a distinct minority

The ascension of Dean Baquet—the first African-American to run the paper’s newsroom—has renewed the focus on minority hiring in the news industry.