Race

  • 01.21.18

    Dr. Cornel West Reflects on 25th Anniversary of Seminal Book

    In 1993, Dr. Cornel West released his classic Race Matters, which immediately became a best-seller and situated him as one of the most important Black intellectuals of our time....

    In 1993, Dr. Cornel West released his classic Race Matters, which immediately became a best-seller and situated him as one of the most important Black intellectuals of our time.

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  • 08.01.17

    State Laws and Policies: Emergency Contraception

    This article outlines the emergency contraceptive laws in each of the 50 states. Overall, "18 states and the District of Columbia require hospital emergency rooms to provide emergency contraception-related services to sexual assault victims" while "9 states have adopted restrictions on emergency contraception."...

    This article outlines the emergency contraceptive laws in each of the 50 states. 

    Overall, "18 states and the District of Columbia require hospital emergency rooms to provide emergency contraception–related services to sexual assault victims" while "9 states have adopted restrictions on emergency contraception." 

  • 03.20.17

    Facts About The Death Penalty

    There have been 1448 executions in the United States since 1976. This fact sheet covers some key facts and figures about the death penalty, from which 31 states have the death penalty, to the discrepancies between races of the defendants who are executed and the race of the victims in death penalty cases. It spec...

    There have been 1448 executions in the United States since 1976. 

    This fact sheet covers some key facts and figures about the death penalty, from which 31 states have the death penalty, to the discrepancies between races of the defendants who are executed and the race of the victims in death penalty cases. It specifically looks at racial discrepancies within the criminal justice system overall and within certain states. 

    DeathPenalty Race Facts

  • 09.30.16

    American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Fact Sheet

    This article from the Guttermacher Institute looks at teen sexual activity in the U.S. It covers eight different topics related to teen sex and pregnancy: 1. Sexual activity: "On average, young people in the United States have sex for the first time at about age 17" 2. Contraceptive use: "The condom is the contra...

    This article from the Guttermacher Institute looks at teen sexual activity in the U.S. It covers eight different topics related to teen sex and pregnancy:

    1. Sexual activity: "On average, young people in the United States have sex for the first time at about age 17"

    2. Contraceptive use: "The condom is the contraceptive method most commonly used at first intercourse."

    3. Access to and use of contraceptive services: "No state explicitly requires parental consent or notification for teens to obtain contraceptive services. However, two states (Texas and Utah) require parental consent for contraceptive services paid for with state funds."

    4. STIs: "Teenagers and young adults aged 15–24 accounted for nearly half (9.7 million) of the 19.7 million new cases of STIs in the United States in 2008."

    5. Pregnancy: "In 2011, the teen pregnancy rate hit a record low of 52 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15–19, indicating that about 5% of females in this age-group became pregnant. This rate represented a decline of more than 50% from the peak rate of 117 per 1,000, which occurred in 1990."

    6. Childbearing: "In 2011, women aged 19 or younger had 334,000 births, representing 8% of all U.S. births."

    7. Fatherhood: "Teen fatherhood rates vary considerably by race. In 2014, the rate among black males aged 15–19 (19 per 1,000) was almost twice that among their white counterparts (10 per 1,000)."

    8. Abortion: "Women aged 15–19 had more than 142,600 abortions in 2011. About 5% of all abortions that year were obtained by teens."

  • 03.29.16

    Reparatory Justice

    On March 29 2016 Danny Glover gave a speech to the OAS countries. In it, he reflects on his life, his heritage and the experience of Afro-Descendants - not only in the United States but across the world. "In my country, the United States of America, which is the richest and arguably most developed country of the...

    On March 29 2016 Danny Glover gave a speech to the OAS countries. 

    In it, he reflects on his life, his heritage and the experience of Afro-Descendants - not only in the United States but across the world.

    "In my country, the United States of America, which is the richest and arguably most developed country of the world, there are forty-million Afro Descendants, many of Caribbean and Latin American heritage. On a daily basis, U.S. news is inundated with disturbing and saddening stories of Black women and men, particularly the young, being killed by law enforcement officers and vigilantes or being incarcerated; of young black people facing high rates of under and unemployment, poverty, lack of access to education and health care, and consequently succumbing to high rates of illness and death. The current state of democracy, justice, and socio-economic development for Afro Descendants in the United States is disappointing and tragic."

    He ends his speech with three calls: a call for respect, a call for justice, and a call for development.

  • 12.31.14

    Criminal Justice Facts

    This fact sheet by the Sentencing Project goes through a number of key facts about the prison system in the United States. Including: 1) The U.S. is the world leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people in the nation's prisons and jails. 2) Between 1980 and 2014 "a series of law enforcement and sentencing pol...

    This fact sheet by the Sentencing Project goes through a number of key facts about the prison system in the United States. Including:

    1) The U.S. is the world leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people in the nation's prisons and jails.

    2) Between 1980 and 2014 "a series of law enforcement and sentencing policy changes of the 'tough on crime' era resulted in dramatic growth in incarceration."

    3) Harsher sentencing has also occured: "Harsh sentencing law like mandatory minimums, combined with cutbacks in parole release, keep people in prison for longer periods of time."

    4) Incarceration is more prevalent in specific gender and racial groups. "Today, people of color make up 37% of the U.S. population but 67% of the prison population. Overall, African Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences."

    5) "Studies suggest that rising imprisonment has not played a major role in" the decreasing crime rates.

    This fact sheet also looks at key legislation that has recently stabilized the prison population and looks at "where do we need to go from here?"

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  • 05.17.14

    60 Years Later, Education Inequities Remain

    In this article, Ben Jealous looks at the Common Core State Standards as another step towards equal access to high-quality education. He states "The educational landscape today is defined by its harsh inequities. Students of color lag behind their white peers in test scores and graduation rates on nearly every ind...

    In this article, Ben Jealous looks at the Common Core State Standards as another step towards equal access to high-quality education.

    He states "The educational landscape today is defined by its harsh inequities. Students of color lag behind their white peers in test scores and graduation rates on nearly every indicator." Rather than this being an an indication of ability or desire, "African-American and Latino students tend to live in poor neighborhoods with underfunded schools, and these schools lack the experienced teachers, extracurricular activities, and access to college courses that help students thrive."

    While Jealous states that the Common Core state standards are not perfect, and there are legitimate criticisms from both sides, "The first step to solving a problem is identifying it correctly. The Common Core standards offer clear, consistent and high expectations for what children should be learning at each grade level. Although the new tests are often more difficult, they also offer a more accurate portrait of student achievement."

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