Racial Equality: Progress Made, Progress Needed

Numbers showing how the economic situation and the access to education have changed for African Americans.

Credit: poway.patch.com
Credit: poway.patch.com

A little more than fifty years has past since Martin Luther King, Jr. made the famous "I Have a Dream Speech" during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

In remembrance of King’s fight against racial inequality, we took a look at the numbers of how much the country has progressed and also how much work may still need to be done.

Take a look above to see what we found.

While King fought for equality of all races, this data visual will primarily look at the progress among African Americans.

How much progress do you think we've made towards racial equality? Tell us in the comments or in a blog post.

Eduardo Garcia January 19, 2014 at 06:38 AM
Consider the disproportionate crime rate of Blacks. The theory goes that Black people commit crimes because they are oppressed. It's because of the effects of slavery, Jim Crow, and colonialism. But this argument is not tenable because Black crime rates should be going down with time. As slavery and Jim Crow recede further into the past, the Black crime rate is going up, not down. Put another way, according to the 'oppression-causes-crime' theory (the blank slate), white and black crime rates should be converging. That's not what is happening though. Since the 1960's Black crime has exploded. Look at all the Blacks in jail and prison. Look at all the attacks, rapes, murders, robbery. Blacks dominate crime, bar none! If Jim Crow, Slavery, and Colonialism has ended, and it ended long ago, many decades, the Black crime rate should be decreasing since then, not increasing.


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