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Day 12: 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

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Read or skim through The Ultimate White Privilege Statistics and Data Post.

  • How do you see privilege playing out across different dimensions of identity in your community?
  • What can you do to challenge “white privilege” on a personal level?
  • How about on a communal level? A national level?
http://www.jbwtucker.com/ultimate-white-privilege-statistics/
 

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A few statistics that really

A few statistics that really stood out for me:

  • The general notion (culled from several statistics) that blacks are 50+% more likely to be targeted by police for suspicion of possession of drugs or weapons while whites are 200+% more likely to actually be in possession of drugs or weapons.
  • The United States has 5% of the world’s population, but we house 25% of the world’s prisoners.
  • There are currently more black people locked up in prison than there were enslaved in 1850.
  • 1:15 black men (and 1:36 Latino men) are currently incarcerated, while for white men the statistic is 1:106.
  • 1:3 black men can expect to go to jail at some point in their lifetimes.
  • A white male with a criminal record is 5% more likely to get a job than an equally qualified person of color with a clean record.
  • The black-white wealth gap is greater in the United States today than it was in South Africa in 1970, at the height of apartheid. We also incarcerate a higher percentage of blacks today than apartheid South Africa did.
  • Black families making $100,000 typically live in the kinds of neighborhoods inhabited by white families making $30,000.

Having just come from South Africa less than a month ago, I have seen with my own eyes that racism and privilege endure and aren't just an American thing.

That might be the saddest statistic of all.

Not Hard to See But

Throughout my life I've seen discrimination towards PoC and have always been informed that PoC are disproportionately harmed in many ways in our society. BUT I didn't quite understand how differently I am treated by others and institutions. Over the past few years of listening and reading the experiences of people of color, I've begun to understand that we are having very different experiences, and that many things that I take for granted can't be taken for granted by people of color.

Small example: here in NYC, if I can't find my monthly subway pass, I used to just jump the turnstile (because the fare is paid for and I'm not stealing anything). It never worried me that a cop might arrest me or bother me -- even if they did I would explain and that would be that. Then an IDP student, who is black, mentioned that she was late to class because she swiped her metrocard and the turnstile got stuck so she had to wait 20 minutes before she could use the card again (monthly cards can't be swiped immediately after use to prevent fraud) and go through. She waited because she was worried the cops would arrest or bother her if she tried to go through w/o swiping.

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