The Austin Justice Coalition, ALCU Texas, and other advocate groups gathered to call on city leaders to end their request for extra DPS patrols. The groups are accusing DPS troopers of targeting minority groups and are criticizing leaders for not including their voice in the decision to bring DPS troopers to Austin. Read more here.
Neighborhood-level data could help cities across the United States strategically craft interventions to affect real change for Black and Hispanic residents. Read more here.
The COVID-19 pandemic widened the gap in terms of racial equality and digital infrastructure. Read more here about how to bring broadband and digital equity to every Black household in the United States, while simultaneously bolstering efforts to create a more inclusive economy.
Black Americans Have a Clear Vision for Reducing Racism but Little Hope It Will Happen
Black Americans have a clear vision for how to achieve change when it comes to racial inequality, including support for significant reforms focused on the criminal justice system; support for Black businesses to advance Black communities; and reparations in the forms of educational, business, and homeownership assistance. However, despite the inequality and visions for progress, there still exists a pessimism about the possibility for change. Read more here.
When asked about how much police presence is wanted moving forward, 61 percent of Black Americans report wanting the police presence to remain the same. Read more here.
The disparities on display during the COVID-19 pandemic were clearly evident. Job losses were greater for people of color, and underperforming public schools and gaps in digital infrastructure exacerbated learning losses among children of color. Overall, COVID-19 widened an already sharp racial gap in various sectors of society. These hard truths are not meant to discourage, but to galvanize. Read more here.
Black Americans are almost twice as likely to be denied a mortgage than their white counterparts, and only 44 percent of Black Americans own homes, compared to nearly 75 percent of white people. Read more here.
What Racism Costs Us All
Demanding an end to racism, and a remedy for its legacy, is not just morally correct but a boost to economic development. Continuing to deny the existence of racism, and refusing to confront it, will lead to a less vibrant, less cohesive, less prosperous world. Read more here.
There is often discussion about racism in the US, but research supports that racism is not only an issue in America. It exists worldwide and should be treated as such. Last year, several videos of Africans being treated inhumanely in Ukraine were another reminder of why racism must be addressed as a global issue and not only a domestic concern. Read more here.
2023 MLK March
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