Black Americans

Black People Killed by Police at More Than Twice the Rate of Whites

An analysis of police violence also shows that the National Vital Statistics System misclassified and underreported about 55% of the estimated deaths by law enforcement for nearly 30 years.

Taking Race Out of Criminal Charges

Prosecutors in Yolo County, California, are attempting “race-blind charging” by using software to redact identifying information, including race and other descriptors, from police reports.

2020 Census May Have Missed More Than 1.6M Residents

New research from the Urban Institute found that minorities were likely underrepresented in the population count, leaving some states with a windfall of federal funding while others came up short.

A Breakdown of the Black-White Homeownership Inequality Gap

Homeownership is less achievable for Black Americans and they live in neighborhoods with houses valued at $48,000 less than white families’ homes, a new report reveals.

How Public Health Officials Overcame Vaccine Barriers in Minority Communities

A series of reports issued by the Communivax Coalition explores resistance to Covid-19 vaccinations in four states and strategies to improve immunization rates.

He Left a War-Torn Country as a Refugee and Went on to Become a US Mayor

Helena, Montana Mayor Wilmot Collins came to the United States in 1994 from Liberia. His life journey is a true immigrant success story.

Poll Highlights Deep Divides Over Increased Attention on Racism, History of Slavery

About 50% of U.S. adults say increased attention to these topics is a "good thing for society," but that belief is not held evenly across political parties and racial and ethnic groups, according to the Pew Research Center.

Evictions To Impact More Black, Latino Households

Renters tend to be minorities and have lower incomes, meaning these groups will most likely be disportionately affected by evictions when the national moratorium is lifted, the Pew Research Center says.

Report: Black Americans Continue to Face Economic Hardship due to Covid-19

Better educated and older Black adults are faring better than younger, less educated ones who have lost jobs and faced wage cuts at higher rates, making it harder for them to achieve their long-term financial goals, according to the Pew Research Center.

As States Push for Police Accountability, Advocates Focus on Black Trauma

“We don’t say, ‘Just pray about it.’ I encourage people to get therapy.”

Report: As U.S. Black Population Grows, Self-Identity Diversifies

A Pew Research Center study shows expanding intermarriage and international migration shifts how Black residents identify themselves.

Biden Administration Kills Food Stamp Restriction That Could Have Affected 1.3 million Americans

The restriction would have particularly affected Black women and Latinas, who remain disproportionately affected by the recession.

Survey: 22% of Americans Have Experienced a Hate Crime

Although Americans of all races report experiencing hate crimes, Black and multiracial people experienced the most and white respondents the least, according to a new report.

Connecticut Using Canvassing, ‘Virtual House Parties’ to Coax Black and Latino Residents to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine

The $2.9 million initiative funded by the federal government will focus on knocking on doors through Labor Day to boost vaccination rates among these groups.

Survey: White Parents Less Optimistic Than Others About Outlook for Kids in U.S.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation poll also found that relatively few parents of any race or ethnicity believe all kids have equal opportunities to succeed and thrive as adults.

Black Women are Still Underrepresented in America’s Statehouses, New Report Shows

Georgia has the most Black women in its legislature, at 39, but in many states representation still lags.

How the Pandemic Economy Could Wipe Out a Generation of Black-Owned Businesses

Danette Wilder spent years building up her company. Now it has to survive an existential threat to Black entrepreneurs.

A State Becomes the First to Suspend Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there are “serious and legitimate privacy concerns” with the technology—but only prohibited its use until 2022.

Four Essential Keys to Being a Strong Ally for Racial Justice

COMMENTARY | Everyone can do something to support racial justice. Here’s how to start.

Mississippi Abolishes Jim Crow-Era State Voting System

The relic from the state’s 1890 constitution, one of several provisions designed to dilute the power of Black voters, was abolished through a ballot initiative that won by a blowout margin.