Facts & Statistics SOURCES National Poverty Rates By Race https://www.businessinsider.com/what-amazon-ceo-jeff- 27.% American Indians/Alaskan Natives bezos-makes-every-day-hour-minute-2018-10 26% Black 23.2% Hispanic/Latino PRISON LABOR IN THE UNITED STATES by Kamau Littletree-Holston 11% White More black men are in prison or jail, on proba- https://datausa.io/profile/soc/police-officers tion or parole than were enslaved in 1850, prior https://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdis- to the civil war On Justice playdocumentpdf/?cote=SDD/DOC(2018)1&docLan- 85% of Lawyers are White, guage=En 5% are black, https://www.prisonpolicy.org/ And Equity 5% are Hispanic In the U.S. . . . https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/adminis- -1 in 3 black men will be imprisoned trative/market_research/national-lawyer-population-de- -1 in 6 latinos will be imprisoned mographics-2009-2019.pdf -1 in 17 whites will be imprisoned Black Americans are only 13% https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2019/2019038.pdf Why we the people of America must stand of U.S. Population unified to demand Justice and Liberty for all. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5127296 Yet make up 40% of Incarcerated population “blacks [are] nearly four times more likely https://www2.census.gov/library/publications/2013/acs/ acsbr11-17.pdf than other residents to live in neighborhoods where the poverty rate was 40% or higher [...] https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/ high-poverty neighborhoods in America often are characterized by poor schools, reduced ac- https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/02/27/ The dream of America was founded on the prin- cess to healthy food, high crime rates, and weak examining-the-black-white-wealth-gap/ ciple of ensuring every citizen the right to life, social institutions” liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. https://poverty.ucdavis.edu/faq/what-current-pover- 99% of police killings from 2013-20019 have not ty-rate-united-states#:~:text=The%20official%20pov- As our country has grown, we have watched resulted in officers being charged with a crime helplessly as our government fails to uphold these principles. Police spend 7x as many hours training to shoot than they do training to de-escalate situations ~35% of Americans have an immediate family member who has been to prison or jail. This often leads to discrimination in voting, housing, employment which furthers negative multi-gen- erational impacts. “household net wealth is most unequally Now lets take a look at the way our system fails The war on drugs was started specifically distributed in the United States, where the those who are already struggling is to look at because Nixon saw Black Communities as a richest 10% of households own 79% of total one of the most historically oppressed members threat, and under the pretext of fighting crime, wealth, while the richest 1% holds 42%” of our society: Black Americans. intentionally began to destroy Black communi- ties. The average wealth owned by a white family is The citizens of this great country deserve more. $171,000. The average wealth owned by a black “You want to know what this was really all As we work day in and day out, contributing to family is $17,150. White families have a net about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the the millions of dollars CEOS take home every average of 10 TIMES the wealth of a typical Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: year. Jeff Bezos makes $2,489 per SECOND, black family. the antiwar left and black people. You under- while his company, Amazon, paid $0 in taxes in 2018. Meanwhile, 12% of Americans live in Why is our society like this? Where does this stand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t poverty. Many of us struggle to find the money inequity come from? make it illegal to be either against the war or to put food on the table, pay medical bills, and black, but by getting the public to associate the provide a proper education for our children. hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, In order to understand how we go to this point, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could its important to look at the history that has lead As our political leaders continue to stuff their disrupt those communities. We could arrest us to the present situation. pockets, and bow to the demands of the rich, their leaders, raid their homes, break up their the poor and working class are left struggling. meetings, and vilify them night after night on Black Americans have faced unequal treatment the evening news.” The laws and policies they create do little to for the 400 years they have been a part of Amer- address the growing inequality of wealth in our ica. Its a common misconception that after ~John Erlichman, country. slavery was abolished, and after the civil rights Counsel and Assistant to president Nixon movement of the 1960’s, all the problems for By fixing the problems that make life harder Black America simply went away. for the most vulnerable Americans, we will “Again we have deluded ourselves into all benefit greatly. By fixing these problems, Black communities have faced decade upon believing the myth that capitalism we will all enjoy more freedom. By fixing these decade of segregation, job discrimination, dis- grew and prospered out of the problems, we will be able to grow our economy, proportionate school funding and infrastructure Protestant ethic of hard work and and grow our country into a nation that is re- funding, unfair media portrayal, higher arrest sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism spected and ready once again to lead the world. rates, stronger criminal sentencing and a host was built on the exploitation and of other issues. All of these issues are stacked suffering of black slaves and continues againt Black Americans and cause their commu- to thrive on the exploitation of the poor Together, we can build a better world that nities to suffer. The inequalities in our system – both black and white, both here and takes care of everyone, not just those who are force people of all races to be forced into a des- abroad.” born into wealth. perate poverty from which there is little chance for escape. Martin Luther King, Jr.