One would think that after 50 years on, the issues the Civil Rights Act intended to put an end to might not be as rampant as it used to be during that era. However, this assumption is far from the truth.
Here are 10 everyday occurrences that show racism in America is alive and well.
There's a big wide gap between non-white and white Americans when it comes to wealth.
“When it comes to wealth — as measured by assets, like cash savings, homes and retirement accounts, minus debts, like mortgages and credit card balances — white families have far outpaced black and Hispanic ones. Before the recession, non-Hispanic white families, on average, were about four times as wealthy as nonwhite families, according to the Urban Institute’s analysis of Federal Reserve data. By 2010, whites were about six times as wealthy,” the New York Times stated in a report last year.
Mortgage loans are more for white people:
According to an Urban Institute research study, minority borrowers are denied government-sponsored mortgage loans than white people even if they have similar credit scores.
Well-off minorities still live in poorer neighborhoods than working class whites:
It doesn’t really matter if non-whites are richer than whites. They will still live in poorer neighborhoods, found a Brown University data analysis.
“With only one exception (the wealthy Asians), minorities at every income level live in poorer neighborhoods than do whites with comparable incomes," the study stated.
"We cannot escape the conclusion that more is at work here than simple market processes that place people according to their means."
Black and Latino students more likely to attend poorly funded schools:
Civil Rights legislation put an end to school segregation 50 years ago, but it’s still widespread, according to a 2012 report.
All over the U.S., “43 percent of Latinos and 38 percent of African-Americans attend schools where fewer than 10 percent of their classmates are white.”
Black pre-schoolers are punished more frequently and more harshly:
Even in pre-schools, black students receive more and harsher punishments for unruly conduct, according to a March 2014 Department of Education report.
“Black children make up 18 percent of preschoolers, but make up nearly half of all out-of-school suspensions,” it stated.
Black people are incarcerated for drug possession more than whites:
Black people are arrested “more than three times” for drug possession than whites despite the fact that white Americans use drugs more than African-Americans, stated a 2009 Human Rights Watch report.
Blacks with no criminal records don’t matter to employers:
A clean record doesn't guarantee black men a bright future.
A study published in the American Journal of Sociology found that young white men with a criminal record will be preferred over young black men with similar qualifications and no felony convictions in the past.
African-American sounding names don’t help in job seeking:
African-American-sounding names could be a disadvantage when seeking jobs because they get “one callback per 15 resumes,” according to a 2003 National Bureau of Economic Research report.
Black men prison sentences are longer:
White people serve less time in prison.
A report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that black men receive prison sentences “19.5 percent longer” than those of white men who committed similar crimes, a 2013.