Ferguson police are much more likely to stop, search and arrest African-American drivers than white ones. When stopped, blacks are almost twice as likely to be searched as whites and twice as likely to be arrested, though police were less likely to find contraband on black drivers.
Just over half of consistently conservative Americans believe empathy is an especially important value to pass on to their posterity. Towards the other end of the spectrum, nearly 9 in 10 consistently liberal Americans emphasize the necessity of empathy.
It is no secret that the cost of college has been rising rapidly for several decades now, though how it affects black Americans is not as widely known. Black Americans are 17 percentage points more likely to graduate with loan debt than white Americans, and 16 percentage points more likely to graduate with over $25,000 in debt.
Much of Sub-Sahara Africa and other developing countries fail to educate women. In fact, nearly one in two of the world's "unschooled" girls are found in Africa. Niger's literacy rate for women is a disgraceful 15%. Why? Girls either don't start or drop out of school due to child marriage/motherhood, trafficking, disease, sexual violence and lack of sanitary facilities.
In a poll of “likely voters,” a whopping 78 percent said reducing the influence of money in politics and elections was important. While fewer support an amendment to overturn Citizens United (55% support v. 25% oppose), this bipartisan concern is encouraging. While an amendment attempt recently failed in the Senate, here are three reasons to celebrate anyway: bit.ly/1qNV6Dt
Maybe the other sentient lifeforms just didn't get the memo...
It seems that efforts to further educate people on gun safety has in large part succeeded. The number of gun-related accidents is at its lowest ever at .2 for every 100,00 people. This is down 94% from the highest its ever been in 1904.
The disparity in median wealth ratios of whites compared to blacks and hispanics is the highest since the Census Bureau began publishing SIPP-estimates by race. Much of this surge is the result of lost home equity with the implosion of the housing market, in which over half of black and hispanic median wealth vanished, compared to 16% of white's.
In February 2009, a few months after the Wall Street crash, 80 percent of Americans told pollsters that jobs were difficult to find in their communities. The polls today show that many Americans do not believe the economy has turned the corner yet. A still substantial 58 percent say jobs are hard to find.
An overwhelming majority of Americans are convinced that our fear of ebola and corresponding attempts to address the crisis it is causing in west Africa are lower than they otherwise would be if the disease were wrecking havoc at home or in Europe.
From the data, unemployment spiked in 2009 and 2010; the two years after Bush left office. This could be expected in the aftermath of an administration with such poor fiscal policies. While Obama receives a lot of heat for the condition of our nation's economy, the data is undeniable. The last four years have shown a great decline in unemployment.
With the implosion of the housing market and the subsequent foreclosure crisis, Hispanic and black Americans have seen over half of their collective wealth evaporate. This has been the result of a prevalence of predatory high-risk loans in communities of color, the dominant role of home equity in their wealth portfolios, and certain historical and structural factors, such as residential-segregation.
President Obama's vacation/golf statistics have been a frequent target of criticism from. Since January 2009, Obama has played 186 rounds to George W. Bush's eight-year total of 24. Bush, however, stopped golfing in 2003 because he felt it inappropriate to be seen golfing while U.S. troops fought overseas. Obama's total vacation days are still far behind his predecessor's, though.
Although the passage of the ACA was heralded as a major accomplishment that would provide "universal coverage," for nearly all Americans, the facts tell a different story. By the most recent projection, about 30 million Americans will still be left without insurance by 2023.
The number of first class letters sent peaked in 2001. Mail volume is down 36% since then, having fallen precipitously in the last seven years.
Britain has seen growing inequality that is beginning to assume U.S. proportions. In terms of wealth, the 100 richest people in the country are worth about the same as the bottom 30 percent of the population combined. In the US, the top 400 own as much as the bottom 60 percent.
Film researchers James Cutting and Barry Salt compiled this data showing that films are cutting to different shots more frequently. It is a trend that has been happening since at least 1950.
Predictably, a majority of Republicans wish they could have had Ronald Reagan as a teacher growing up. On the other hand, President Clinton was Democrats' most popular choice.
This poll was open ended, yet 22% of people believe that every member of Congress should be removed and/ or replaced. The next largest percentage has no opinion on the matter. It surprises me that people could have no opinion on how they would want the governing body that makes their laws to function. Wake Up America!
Psychological Disorders affect millions of people every day. Yet, they are often disorders that cannot be seen. Ex. It is hard to identify an individual passing by with a mood disorder vs. someone with a severed limb. Due to this people with these conditions often go unrecognized and without treatment. Public Awareness and Education is Necessary for Progress.
This statistic is horrifying and can be largely attributed to rape often going unreported. Only around 40% of sexual assaults are reported to the police. Policy creation in this area should focus on creating a safe space and mechanism through which victims can come forward, as well as educating people on the importance of coming forward when an assault occurs.
A Pew Research poll reveals that Americans still believe extremist groups, and more recently ISIS, to be the top threat to the security of the United States with China and Climate Change considered among the smaller threats. Poll was conducted from August 20 - 24.
Demographic breakdown of Obama's approval ratings as of this past week. Note the polarizing effect of party politics. Republicans approve of almost three times less than the group with the second lowest approval rating, Whites. Whether it be political ideology, racism, or coincidence the disparities in the data by demographic cannot be masked.
There has been a remarkable decline in the amount crime involving firearms. Homicides have seen a nearly 50% drop from 1993 to 2010 and over a 70% drop in non-fatal gun related crimes. Two things to learn: 1. Most gun crime in the United States is non-fatal. 2. From 1993 to 2010 gun related crimes have been rapidly decreasing.
When it comes to creating excellent television, HBO does it better than any other network. With ninety-nine Emmy nominations in 2014 alone, HBO stands head and shoulders above the rest of the competition, more than doubling the amount of nominations received by CBS, the second place contender.
Prostitution occurs in many unregulated and few regulated ways in the United States. These are some of the more common ways in which these women are victimized or express their sexuality (this normative valuation depends on who you ask and what situation is being discussed). Please Help Raise Awareness and Share This Post!
When it comes to Ferguson, there's a serious divide between white and black Americans' opinions regarding the issue of race. While eighty percent of black Americans believe that the Ferguson case raises important issues about race, less than half of white Americans agree. What's more, nearly half of whites say that the race card is being overplayed.
More than half of all American adults are single, up from 37.4 percent in 1976. Within this group, the proportion of people who are divorced, separated, or widowed grew from 15.3 percent to 19.8 percent, and the proportion of people who have never been married grew from 22.1 percent to 30.4 percent.
It's a vicious cycle, alright. That's why in Tennessee, a new bill provides two years of free tuition at a community college for participating high school grads who might otherwise face a 7.5 percent unemployment rate—and other states are already following suit. Read more: bit.ly/1usibhq