racial disparity

  • On August 14, three police cars and four officers on foot led the way during a protest march. Photo by Scott Olson/ Getty Images
    August 15, 2014  

    The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is more than two-thirds African-American. But only three of its 53 police officers are black. Jeffrey Brown talks to Tracie Keesee of the UCLA Center for Policing Equity and Malik Aziz of the National Black Police Association to explore why so many communities across the nation face similar racial imbalances, and what can be done to fix it. Continue reading

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    August 14, 2014  

    Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor of USA Today in for a closer look at the drama unfolding over the police killing of Michael Brown, as well as local reaction to the governor’s order for State Highway Patrol to take over security. Former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher and Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch weigh in on Ferguson’s disproportionately white police force. Continue reading

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    June 19, 2014  

    The state of Wisconsin has the worst rankings for African American children in the country for basic factors like education, income, health and home stability, and that statistic has real long-term consequences. Hari Sreenivasan reports on a new effort in the city of Madison to bridge the extreme racial disparity — an effort that leaders hope will provide a template to communities across the country. Continue reading

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    May 23, 2014  

    The rate of breast cancer deaths for African American women nationally is 40 percent greater than that of white women, according to a study published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology. In Memphis, the city with the widest disparity, a public campaign strives to tackle the gap through earlier detection and financial support. Gwen Ifill has the story. Continue reading