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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Can we all get along? For most, the answer is yes
Most blacks, whites and Hispanics say they get along reasonably well with each other — and at modestly higher levels than in the recent past.
Slideshow: King’s Dream Remains Elusive Goal
Key findings from the report, “King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal; Many Americans See Racial Disparities”
Interactive: Race in America: Tracking 50 Years of Demographic Trends
Explore the areas where the white-black racial gap has narrowed, widened or remained roughly the same, based on data from U.S. government sources over the past several decades. Hispanic and Asian data is also included in years available.
King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal
Five decades after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., fewer than half (45%) of Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality.
Racial and ethnic groups view “radical life extension” differently
Blacks and Hispanics (46% each) are somewhat more inclined than whites (34%) to say they would want treatments to dramatically extend life.
Tepid U.S. jobs data conceal modest momentum for blacks and Hispanics
Unemployment continues to be lower among whites than other groups, but job growth is slower compared with blacks and Hispanics — one reason, perhaps, why whites are the most pessimistic about the economy.