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  1. African-Americans comprise only 13% of the U.S. population and 14% of the monthly drug users, but are 37% of the people arrested for drug-related offenses in America.
  2. Studies show that police are more likely to pull over and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites. In New York City, 80% of the stops made were blacks and Latinos, and 85% of those people were frisked, compared to a mere 8% of white people stopped. Host a poetry slam to educate others on racism and reduce prejudice in your community. Sign up for Slam Racism.
  3. After being arrested, African-Americans are 33% more likely than whites to be detained while facing a felony trial in New York.
  4. In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive 10% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes.
  5. In 2009 African-Americans are 21% more likely than whites to receive mandatory minimum sentences and 20% more likely to be sentenced to prison than white drug defendants.

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  1. In a 2009 report, 2/3 of the criminals receiving life sentences were non-whites. In New York, it is 83%.
  2. African Americans make up 57% of the people in state prisons for drug offenses.
  3. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics concluded that an African American male born in 2001 has a 32% chance of going to jail in his lifetime, while a Latino male has a 17% chance, and a white male only has a 6% chance.
  4. In 2012, 51% of Americans expressed anti-black sentiments in a poll; a 3% increase from 2008.
  5. A survey in 2011 revealed that 52% of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes.
  6. Reports show that nearly 50% of Americans under 18 are minorities. The trend projects a reversal in the population where by 2030, the majority of people under 18 will be of color, and by 2042 nonwhites will be the majority of the U.S. population.

Sources

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    Quigley, Bill. "Fourteen Examples of Racism in Criminal Justice System." The Huffington Post. Accessed March 1, 2014, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-quigley/fourteen-examples-of-raci_b_658947.html.

  • 2

    U.S. Department of Justice. "The Reality of Racial Profiling." The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Accessed March 1, 2014, http://www.civilrights.org/publications/reports/racial-profiling2011/the-reality-of-racial.html.

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    Quigley, Bill. "Fourteen Examples of Racism in Criminal Justice System." The Huffington Post. Accessed March 1, 2014, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-quigley/fourteen-examples-of-raci_b_658947.html.

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    Quigley, Bill. "Fourteen Examples of Racism in Criminal Justice System." The Huffington Post. Accessed March 1, 2014, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-quigley/fourteen-examples-of-raci_b_658947.html.

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    Kansal, Tushar. "Racial Disparity in Sentencing: A Review of the Literature." Edited by Marc Mauer. The Sentencing Project. March 1, 2014. http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/rd_sentencing_review.pdf.

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    Quigley, Bill. "Fourteen Examples of Racism in Criminal Justice System." The Huffington Post. Accessed March 1, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-quigley/fourteen-examples-of-raci_b_658947.html.

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    Sledge, Matt. "The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers." The Huffington Post. Accessed March 2, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/drug-war-mass-incarceration_n_3034310.html.

  • 8

    Bonczar, Thomas P., and Allen J. Beck, Ph.D.. "Lifetime Likelihood of Going to State or Federal Prison." Bureau of Justice Statistics. Accessed March 1, 2014. http://bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/Llgsfp.pdf.

  • 9

    ROSS, SONYA, and JENNIFER AGIESTA. "AP POLL: MAJORITY HARBOR PREJUDICE AGAINST BLACKS." Associated Press: The Big Story. Accessed March 2, 2014. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-poll-majority-harbor-prejudice-against-blacks.

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    ROSS, SONYA, and JENNIFER AGIESTA. "AP POLL: MAJORITY HARBOR PREJUDICE AGAINST BLACKS." Associated Press: The Big Story.Accessed March 2, 2014. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-poll-majority-harbor-prejudice-against-blacks.

  • 11

    Jacobsen, Linda A., Mark Mather, Marlene Lee, and Mary Kent. "America's Aging Population." Population Reference Bureau. Accessed March 1, 2014. http://www.prb.org/pdf11/aging-in-america.pdf.

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