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.
Obama's approval ratings vary across religious groups. The most extreme disparity is between Muslims and Mormons with almost the same amount of Muslims approving as Mormons disapproving of the job Obama is doing. While recently approval ratings overall have dropped, the relative differences among religious groups has remained stable.
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
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.
African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated on drug related charges. Clearly the drug war is an instrument of, at least, institutional racism and perhaps a more sinister explicit racism being acted out by some officers of the law.
African-American children face several barriers to success. This study rated states on 12 factors, from educational access to socioeconomic status and home life. States scoring lowest on the index for African Americans are located in the South and the Midwest while states that scored the highest had relatively low African-American populations.
In a recent New Yorker magazine article, they cited a recent study that over 50% of the fast-food workers require some form of public assistance (www.newyorker.com/magazine/20…). This chart was originally prepared by the National Employment Law Project (NELP).
How does our minimum wage compare to the rest of the world? Recently, intense global debate concerning wages has sprung up in news headlines across the globe. In the UK, the Labour party has advocated raising the minimum wage to $13.09 per hour. Will the US follow suit or get left behind?
Congressional approval-ratings have been the lowest recorded for the last four years, yet 90% of incumbents continue to win re-election. Rather, voters are more likely to vote against the president's party, than the party controlling Congress, when the institution's approval ratings is low. This is likely associated with Americans' wide-spread misunderstanding of the fundamental ways in which our government functions.
The vast majority of Americans agree that action must be taken against ISIS. While simply providing humanitarian support to refugees fleeing ISIS is the most popular approach, the strategies of utilizing airstrikes and supplying military assistance also retain a majority of public support.
Over half of Americans said they would not likely vote in a Muslim for President, even if he or she were qualified and better represented their political beliefs than the opposition.
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. 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.
A record high of 51 million people (refugees, asylum-seekers, returnees, stateless persons and internally displaced persons) were considered as forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution, generalized violence and human rights violations. Conflicts such as those in the Central African Republic, Congo, Mali, Syria, Irak, Colombia or, more recently, Ukraine forced an average of 32,000 new displacements per day.
Americans are split over the importance of having children and marriage as a priority in their lives. The balance is slightly tipped in favor of those that believe that society would fare just as well if people pursued priorities outside maintaining the nuclear family.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that people that report they drank before age 15 (roughly 10th grade) are 5 times more likely to report alcohol dependence in the past year. But I wonder what "drank" means. Partying in the woods? Wine at Passover? Is it all the same?
Women are severely under-represented in Congress. This is not to say that a man could not advocate on behalf of women. Rather, because humans are limited by their own perception and experience is a key factor in the formation of that perspective, a disproportionate exclusion of women from Congress leads to the omission of women's perspectives perpetuating male exceptionalism.
The percentage of women earning degrees in psychology skyrocketed between 1971 and 2002. In 2002, over 3/4 of women were getting bachelor degrees in psychology. It is expected then that psychology will be a female dominated field well into the future.
Nearly a fifth of Americans suffer from some sort of mental illness (e.g. depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia). Of these 42.5 million people, 9.3 million suffer from a serious mental illness. This means that the illness affects their day to day functioning (e.g. going to work).
Mostly advertising, according to the Pew Research Journalism Project. But other streams of revenue like venture capital and philanthropy are becoming more visible. While they still make up a small slice of the pie, they may signal a shifting funding landscape for journalism.
Despite the penny's bad rep for costing more to make than its final worth, there is some good news to be told. The increasingly expensive dollar coin was phased out last year, and each coin cost taxpayers less to make (per-unit) in 2013 than in 2011.