The first and second facts of the day are courtesy of Nicholas Kristof:
(1) “The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data. The gap has worsened in the last decade, and the United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid. (Whites in America on average own almost 18 times as much as blacks; in South Africa in 1970, the ratio was about 15 times.)”
(2) “The black-white income gap is roughly 40% greater today than it was in 1967.”
The third and fourth facts of the day are courtesy of the Stanford Report:
(3) Black Americans constitute 12% of the country’s population, yet make up 40% of its prison population.
(4) Experiments conducted by Stanford researchers demonstrated that when white Americans hear the above statistic about these racial disparities in prison–instead of wanting to reform our country’s broken and unjust criminal justice system–they “reported being more afraid of crime and more likely to support the kinds of punitive policies that exacerbate the racial disparities” in our prisons.