While the CDC has pointed to some possible factors that may be contributing to this pattern, the public is divided in its perceptions.
As demonstrations continue across the country to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man killed while in Minneapolis police custody, Americans see the protests both as a reaction to Floyd’s death and an expression of frustration over longstanding issues.
#BlackLivesMatter was used roughly 47.8 million times on Twitter – an average of just under 3.7 million times per day – from May 26 to June 7.
Black adults are about five times as likely as whites to say they’ve been unfairly stopped by police because of their race or ethnicity.
There were 1,501 black prisoners for every 100,000 black adults in 2018, down sharply from 2,261 black inmates per 100,000 black adults in 2006.
The outbreak has altered life in the U.S. in many ways, but in key respects it has affected black and Hispanic Americans more than others.
Black Democrats have consistently seen themselves as moderate. They are also highly religious and more likely to say racism is a very big problem.
Racial categories, which have been on every U.S. census, have changed from decade to decade, reflecting the politics and science of the times.
About three-quarters of black adults in the U.S. say that being black is extremely or very important to how they think about themselves.
In 1965, America’s verdict on Selma was clear: Polling showed the public clearly siding with the demonstrators, not with the state of Alabama.