Racial disparity refers to the imbalances and incongruities between the treatment of racial groups, including economic status, income, housing options, societal treatment, safety, and myriad other aspects of life and society. Contemporary and past discrimination in the U.S., and globally, has profoundly impacted the inequalities seen in society today. This section highlights resources covering racial disparity in our society, with a focus on questioning the foundations of racial disparity and providing access to information to develop possible solutions.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU is one of the nation's oldest organization championing for civil liberties. The ACLU's national website includes information on the organization's affiliates, how to get involved, as well as information about racial justice, prisoner's rights, criminal reform, immigration rights, and LGBTQ+ rights.
The Innocence Project
The Innocence Project is an organization dedicated to helping undo wrongful convictions and mass incarceration in the United Staes. The website shares news, information on how to get involved, and other services provided by the organization.
Poor People's Campaign
The Poor People's Campaign is an American anti-poverty campaign advocating for better societal treatment of marginalized persons at the intersection of class, race, and other identities.
The Sentencing Project
The Sentencing Project is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to sentencing reform and the application of alternatives to incarceration. Through its research on criminal justice issues, the organization runs a variety of programs and events. The Sentencing Project's "Reducing Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System" manual provides a detailed discussion about racial disparity, especially in regards to the United States legal system, and how to remedy it.
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
The SPLC was founded in 1971 to combat institutional racism and hate remaining from Jim Crow. The organization has since grown to combat other forms of hate, including hate against immigrants, children, the LGBT community, the poor, and the incarcerated.
NowThis News, Dr. Fauci on Health Disparities in Coronavirus Cases for African Americans (2020)
This timely three minute video describes, in Dr. Fauci's own words, how death disparities in access to medical care and national policy have exacerbated the impact of Covid-19.
Equal Justice Initiative, Terror Lynching in America (2016)
This five minute video narrated by Bryan Stevenson examiners ned the history of lynching and racial violence in America, using stunning illustrations.
Equal Justice Initiative, Slavery to Mass Incarceration (2015)
This six minute video narrated by Bryan Stevenson outliers the history of slavery in America and the evolution into a system of mass incarceration, using stunning illustrations.
PBS NewsHour, Ta-Nehisi Coates on Discussing Racism Directly, Honestly (2015)
This three minute video, narrated by Ta-Nehisi Coates, briefly explains issues of systemic racism stemming from white supremacy in American society.
The Atlantic, The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality (2015)
This three minute video, narrated by Ta-Nehisi Coates, examines stereotypes of Black criminality on their impact on mass incarceration, using striking graphics.
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