The deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray brought attention to the strained relationship between police officials and the communities they serve. While stories like theirs are all too common in the headlines, police brutality and the negative impact it has on the millennial generation is nothing new. According to a report released by the Black Youth Project at the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, in 2009, 54.4 percent of African-American millennials said they’ve personally experienced harassment or violence at the hands of the police – or they know someone who has. One in four Latinos and one-third of Whites said they’ve experienced the same things. “We know that young blacks are more likely to be harassed by the police. We know that they are more likely to mistrust their encounters with the police,” said Cathy Cohen, leader of the Black Youth Project. “But we also know from actually collecting data that a majority of them believe that police in their neighborhood are actually there to protect them, so I think it provides us with more complexity.” Read more.
Report: Wealth Gap between Blacks and Whites is Larger than Ever
A new report released by the United States Joint Economic Committee shows that the wealth gap between African-Americans and Whites, in New York City and nationwide, is the largest ever. One in four African-Americans are living in poverty, which is double the amount of White people. In New York City, the unemployment rate is high for African-Americans and their median income remains significantly lower than Whites. Twelve percent of Blacks are unemployed, compared to 5.5 percent of Whites. The average median income for African-Americans is $41,000 and $80,200 for Whites. “We got to make some noise. Racism is not confined to a handful of White southerners; it’s in our labor unions, it’s in our educational systems,” said Rep. Charles Rangel, who unveiled the report alongside Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Yvette Clarke. “Even Black Americans with college degrees accrue less wealth than White Americans without college degrees. This absolutely makes no sense whatsoever,” said Congresswoman Maloney. Read more.
Maya Angelou’s St. Louis Home Named a Landmark
Maya Angelou’s legacy continues to live on through her work, the lives she’s touched, and the places she’s lived. Her birth home, 3130 Hickory St. in St. Louis, has been named the city’s newest landmark. “This modest house in a once-segregated St. Louis neighborhood helps to convey the journey Ms. Angelou made to become a renowned author, poet, performer and outspoken civil rights activist, and although Ms. Angelou’s life was spent in many places in the United States and abroad, the property comprises an important part of the history of one of the most prominent and respected women of her generation,” read the landmark designation legislation. Now that the property is a landmark, there are limitations on the structural changes the owner can make. Read more.
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