Race: Crime, Law & Incarceration

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This board explores the history of racial inequality in the criminal justice system. Police violence is one dimension of the problem. For instance, a recent study demonstrates that Black males are 21 times more likely than white males to be killed by police & high-income Blacks were just as likely as low-income Blacks to be killed. It's also important to examine other aspects of the CJS, such as the effect of implicit bias, the way sentences are handed down by the courts & mass incarceration.

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Race: Symbolic Representation
Race: Stereotyping, Profiling & Implicit Bias
Race: Incarceration
Race: Police Brutality
Race: Stops, Detainments & Searches
Race: Arrests
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Race: Symbolic Representation

Note that the juxtaposition of these front page images reveals an implicit bias.   Source: The Daily Leader, Brookhaven, MS.

"19-year-old arrested for Tuesday homicide" and "Police arrest burglary suspect," June 17, 2020

Note that the juxtaposition of these front page images reveals an implicit bias. Source: The Daily Leader, Brookhaven, MS.

[Image is an editorial cartoon that depicts a Black man wearing a black face mask and a hoodie while attempting to steal a white woman's purse]  On some level, this cartoon from The Missourian appears to be an effort to criticize of the call to defund the police. However, the cartoon missed its mark, and instead serves to stoke white fears by resurrecting the classic racist stereotype of a Black brute victimizing a white woman, June 10, 2020.  Artist: Tom Stiglich  h/t to Dr. Shanti Parikh Killed By Police, Pop Culture Art, Womens Purses, White Man, Black History, Black Men, Crime, Cartoon, Baseball Cards

White lady:“Help! Somebody call 911!” Black man:“Good luck with that, lady..We defunded the police”

[Image is an editorial cartoon that depicts a Black man wearing a black face mask and a hoodie while attempting to steal a white woman's purse] On some level, this cartoon from The Missourian appears to be an effort to criticize of the call to defund the police. However, the cartoon missed its mark, and instead serves to stoke white fears by resurrecting the classic racist stereotype of a Black brute victimizing a white woman, June 10, 2020. Artist: Tom Stiglich h/t to Dr. Shanti Parikh

glittapants: “ codelens: “ Classic example of Racism (White Supremacy) in the so-called mainstream media. The photo and its associated caption were released during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath,.

Katrina coverage and the power of labeling.

Bill O'Reilly to Marc Lamont Hill, PhD: "Let's say you're a cocaine dealer - and you kind of look like one a little bit." ya think that might be a bit of racial profiling? Faith In Humanity, Social Issues, In This World, Feminism, I Laughed, Funny Pictures, Funny Pics, At Least, Let It Be
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Bill O'Reilly to Marc Lamont Hill, PhD: "Let's say you're a cocaine dealer - and you kind of look like one a little bit." (see the clip here: http://youtu.be/cB-YKx0_-ZM) Follow this link to find a...

CNN: "Looter steals rose from florist and tries to cut police officer's fingers on the thorns" ~ Melech E.

Percentage of African-American Suspects in TV News Crime Reports vs. NYPD Data Source: Media Matters for America Sociological Imagination, African American News, Media Matters, Thesis Statement, Media Bias, Narrative Essay, Essay Examples, Mainstream Media, Anti Racism

Percentage of African-American Suspects in TV News Crime Reports vs. NYPD Data Source: Media Matters for America

While police officer deaths at the hands of civilians are declining, media attention is on the rise. Sociological Concepts, Sociological Imagination, Law Enforcement Memorial, Social Science Project, Police Officer Shot, Killed By Police, Nightly News, Criminal Justice System, University Of Minnesota
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Media spin on violence against police - Sociological Images

Number of News Stories on Violence against Police Have Been on the Rise While Violence Against Police Has Declined - "According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund’s data, in the year following M. Brown’s death, 43 police officers were shot & killed, which is significantly less than the average of 54 police officer shooting per yr over the last 10 yrs. Looking back even further, policing is much safer now than any time in the last 45 yrs" - Source: Aaron Major / Huffington Post

Caption: Data from an analysis of 330 articles about 66 Black and White celebrities who made headlines for perpetrating domestic violence – Social Science Project, Killed By Police, Criminal Justice System, University Of Minnesota, Keep It Real, Domestic Violence, Caption, Feminism, Crime

Media Coverage of Domestic Violence More Likely to Excuse White vs. Black Perpetrators - Sociological Images

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Practice resource-cops used a picture of a black persons for target practice. This shows their use of African American personas for the practice of racism.

So I go to the range yesterday and this is the pic they had for target practice... I ask if he had any teenage white males I could practice shooting at and he told me I was a racist.

Race: Stereotyping, Profiling & Implicit Bias

Harry Anslinger, Director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from ".the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races. Marijuana leads to pacificm and. Federal Bureau, War On Drugs, Criminal Justice System, Satan, Racing, Entertaining, History, Smokers, Roots

Harry Anslinger, Director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from 1930-1962. "...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races. Marijuana leads to pacificm and communist brainwashing. There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage."

Stereotyping is an issue that our African American males experience daily. It is important that we teach our children, especially males about the issues that they may experience regarding discrimination and racial profiling.

"Purse Clutch" by Marcus Kwame Anderson

black-culture: “Who made this!

"Dear police: I am a white woman" Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this picture, or where it was taken?

Most of the courses I teach center on contemporary issues and inequality. It’s common practice now, I think, to talk about issues of privilege and advantage in courses on inequality.

The Power of White Privilege

Tags: inequality , prejudice/discrimination , race/ethnicity , racism, white privilege, 00 to 05 mins Year: 2011 Length: 3:48 Access: YouTube Summary: For a lot of people, the notion of a white...

This is a funny meme that most people think that snoop dog is the convicted felon because of his cold of skin. nut in reality, the white women on the right is a convicted felon. Snoop Dogg, Blunt Cards, Friday Humor, Haha Funny, Funny Stuff, Funny Shit, Funny Things, Random Things, Random Stuff
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Stereotypes: A Fundamental Concept for Teaching Sociology

The caption should read: "Stereotypes are awesome! But BOTH of them are convicted felons." Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart (Martha Stewart Living) bake a cake. [click on this image for analysis and videos exploring stereotypes]

A North Amherst resident contacted police about two suspicious black men…

Racial Profiling: The Bike Thief

Tags: crime/law/deviance , methodology/statistics , prejudice/discrimination , race/ethnicity , racial profiling, racism, social experiment, white privilege, 00 to 05 mins Year: 2010 Length: 4:41...

Outrage about the Zimmerman verdict has echoed across our social media pages today, but amidst the outrage are people--mostly whites--who seem to be.

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Why Are You Angry about the Zimmerman Verdict?! - "...we should worry about a country that allows one person to pursue and kill another person based on something so flimsy as subjective suspicion. In a country like the United States, with our history and white supremacist institutions, too many black people (children included) look suspicious to too many white people too often." ~ The Sociological Cinema

Police swarmed theaters nationwide amid fears of violence and riots on debut weekend of Straight Outta Compton "Instead of harassing kids who watch why don't we start surveillance programs on white men who watched ~ Aamer Rahman

Police swarmed theaters nationwide amid fears of violence and riots on debut weekend of Straight Outta Compton "Instead of harassing kids who watch #StraightOuttaCompton why don't we start surveillance programs on white men who watched #AmericanSniper" ~ Aamer Rahman

"Stop the Rapes.  Stop the Crime.  Stop the Murder.  Stop the Blacks"  The statistics on this racist flyer are inaccurate and misleading. The flyer is from Vanguard America and was posted in multiple places on The University of Utah campus. James Fields, who is accused of driving into a crowd of people, marched wearing Vanguard America apparel on August 12. The group denies Fields's membership and says shirts were handed out to all those in attendance. Killed By Police, University Of Utah, Violent Crime, Criminal Justice System, August 12, Chapter 3, Set You Free, Attendance, Statistics

"Stop the Rapes. Stop the Crime. Stop the Murder. Stop the Blacks" The statistics on this racist flyer are inaccurate and misleading. The flyer is from Vanguard America and was posted in multiple places on The University of Utah campus. James Fields, who is accused of driving into a crowd of people, marched wearing Vanguard America apparel on August 12. The group denies Fields's membership and says shirts were handed out to all those in attendance.

Whites greatly overestimate the share of crimes committed by black people - The Washington Post Classroom Images, Black Like Me, Broken People, Who People, Show White, White Privilege, Violent Crime, Close To My Heart, Black People

What percentage of ... are Black? Percent of crimes committed by Blacks, mean perceived percentage vs. actual percentage. People think nearly 50% of the criminals who commit violent crimes are Black, but the number is closer to 20%. Source: Pickett, Justin T., Ted Chiricos, Kristin M. Goden, and Marc Gertz. 2012. "Reconsideringthe relationship between Perceived Neighborhood Racial Composition and Whites' Perceptions of Victimization Risk: Do Racial Stereotypes Matter?" Criminology…

Race: Incarceration

Source: Sickmund, M., Sladky, T.J., Kang, W., & Puzzanchera, C. 2016. Easy Access to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement.

Rate of Youth in Residential Placement per 100,000, by Race and Ethnicity, 2015

Source: Sickmund, M., Sladky, T.J., Kang, W., & Puzzanchera, C. 2016. Easy Access to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement.

Source: Bonczar, T. 2003. Prevalence of Imprisonment in the U.S. Population, 1974-2001. Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Lifetime Likelihood of Imprisonment of U.S. Residents Born in 2001

Source: Bonczar, T. 2003. Prevalence of Imprisonment in the U.S. Population, 1974-2001. Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Source: Carson, E.A. 2020. Prisoners in 2018. Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics. Latino Men, Killed By Police, Criminal Justice System, White Man, Statistics, Washington Dc, Sentences, Prison, Black Men

Rate of Imprisonment per 100,000, by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity, 2018

Source: Carson, E.A. 2020. Prisoners in 2018. Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Source: Carson, E.A. 2020. Prisoners in 2018. Washington DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics

People in State and Federal Prisons, by Race and Ethnicity, 2018

Source: Carson, E.A. 2020. Prisoners in 2018. Washington DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Whiles are underrepresented in the incarcerated population while Blacks are overrepresented. Source: Prison Policy Initiative / U.S. Census Bureau, 2010

Racial and ethnic disparities in correctional facilities, 2010

Whiles are underrepresented in the incarcerated population while Blacks are overrepresented. Source: Prison Policy Initiative / U.S. Census Bureau, 2010

U.S adult population and U.S. prison population by race and Hispanic origin, 2017 Source: Pew Research Center

Blacks, Hispanics make up larger shares of prisoners than of U.S. population

U.S adult population and U.S. prison population by race and Hispanic origin, 2017 Source: Pew Research Center

Sentenced federal and state prisoners by race and Hispanic origin, 2007-2017 Source: Pew Research Center

Racial and Ethnic Gaps Shrink in U.S. Prison Population, 2007-2017

Sentenced federal and state prisoners by race and Hispanic origin, 2007-2017 Source: Pew Research Center

Lori Loughlin was just sentenced to two months in prison for paying bribes to get her daughters into USC.  This is the same system that sentenced Crystal Mason, a Black mother of three, to five years for voting when she didn't realize a past felony conviction made her ineligible.  ~ @RBReich Social Media Site, Social Media Content, Robert Reich, Lori Loughlin, Global Awareness, Black Mother, Pop Culture Art, People Online, Criminal Justice System
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Lori Loughlin was just sentenced to two months in prison for paying bribes to get her daughters into USC. This is the same system that sentenced Crystal Mason, a Black mother of three, to five years for voting when she didn't realize a past felony conviction made her ineligible. ~ @RBReich

Race: Police Brutality

Ever notice how the Americans who boast that they never trust their government tend to be the ones who trust it completely whenever an unarmed black person is shot and killed by an agent of the state? ~ @JohnFugelsang

Ever notice how the Americans who boast that they never trust their government tend to be the ones who trust it completely whenever an unarmed black person is shot and killed by an agent of the state? ~ @JohnFugelsang

On August 23, 2020, police shot a 29-year-old Black man named Jacob Blake. Blake was shot in the back as he opened the driver's door to his SUV. Three of his sons witnessed the incident from the backseat.  In the wake of the shooting, social unrest erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, drawing both protesters and counter protesters. During the unrest a 17-year-old man named Kyle Rittenhouse used an AR-15-style rifle to shoot and kill two protesters.  Artist: Denny_Ow

On August 23, 2020, police shot a 29-year-old Black man named Jacob Blake. Blake was shot in the back as he opened the driver's door to his SUV. Three of his sons witnessed the incident from the backseat. In the wake of the shooting, social unrest erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, drawing both protesters and counter protesters. During the unrest a 17-year-old man named Kyle Rittenhouse used an AR-15-style rifle to shoot and kill two protesters. Artist: Denny_Ow

Researchers looked at responses to 1.2 million 911 emergency calls in a US city and plotted the use of force involving a gun across neighbourhoods, according to their racial composition. White officers were more likely to use a gun than were Black officers and more likely to do so in predominantly Black neighbourhoods. Source: Nature Killed By Police, Emergency Call, Criminal Justice System, Oppression, Social Justice, Feminism, No Response, Crime, The Neighbourhood

Answering the Call

Researchers looked at responses to 1.2 million 911 emergency calls in a US city and plotted the use of force involving a gun across neighbourhoods, according to their racial composition. White officers were more likely to use a gun than were Black officers and more likely to do so in predominantly Black neighbourhoods. Source: Nature

Scenario 1: The police officer stops 20 people pulling aside equal numbers of Black and white people. Of the 20 people stopped, the officer uses force against 8 of them. The police officer used force against stopped white people and stopped Black people at the same rate: 40%. But that's not the only scenario that can lead to that 40% number.  Scenario 2: This time, of the 100 people the officer sees, he stops 50. But this time he is biased in whom he pulls aside...

How numbers that appear equitable can obscure bias

Scenario 1: The police officer stops 20 people pulling aside equal numbers of Black and white people. Of the 20 people stopped, the officer uses force against 8 of them. The police officer used force against stopped white people and stopped Black people at the same rate: 40%. But that's not the only scenario that can lead to that 40% number. Scenario 2: This time, of the 100 people the officer sees, he stops 50. But this time he is biased in whom he pulls aside...

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Police officers are more likely to use excessive force with blacks than with whites in similar situations, 2003 to 2013 Source: New York Times Killed By Police, Criminal Justice System, Police Officer, Perception, Sentences, Crime, Law, York, Frases

Police officers are more likely to use excessive force with blacks, 2003 to 2013

Police officers are more likely to use excessive force with blacks than with whites in similar situations, 2003 to 2013 Source: New York Times

- Black Americans are disproportionately affected.  Source: Washington Post

Fatal police shootings in the U.S. since January 1, 2015

- Black Americans are disproportionately affected. Source: Washington Post

"Hi, Mr. Brooks. I'm w/ the Dept. of You OK? So, you OK? Looks like you fell asleep in your car Lemme get you a ride home. I'll be by your home tomorrow to check on you. Here's my number. Looks like your ride's here. Good night, sir." ~ @wkamaubell Killed By Police, Riot Police, What Happens If, Shit Happens, Like You, You Got This, Criminal Justice System, Social Services, How To Fall Asleep
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"BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DEFUND THE POLICE?"

"Hi, Mr. Brooks. I'm w/ the Dept. of You OK? So, you OK? Looks like you fell asleep in your car Lemme get you a ride home. I'll be by your home tomorrow to check on you. Here's my number. Looks like your ride's here. Good night, sir." ~ @wkamaubell

The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy. What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning. What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is the fruit borne of toxic seeds planted on the shores of our country in Jamestown... Ben & Jerry's Faith In Humanity Restored, Equal Rights, Social Justice, Real Talk, In This World, Equality, Just For You, Shit Happens, Thoughts
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The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy. What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning. What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is the fruit borne of toxic seeds planted on the shores of our country in Jamestown... Ben & Jerry's

Has anyone mentioned that the police will leave you alone if you don't do illegal stuff? ~ @TheJordanRachel Breonna Taylor was sleeping ~ @MireikaEdwards Change The World, In This World, Racial Equality, Power To The People, Anti Racism, Equal Rights, Social Issues, Social Work, Faith In Humanity
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Has anyone mentioned that the police will leave you alone if you don't do illegal stuff? ~ @TheJordanRachel Breonna Taylor was sleeping ~ @MireikaEdwards

Race: Stops, Detainments & Searches

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An Inside Look at the NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Policy

Tags: crime/law/deviance , inequality , prejudice/discrimination , race/ethnicity , violence , criminology, new york city, police, racial profiling, 11 to 20 mins Year: 2012 Length: 13:15...

So I believe us white folks need to take some racial responsibility. I believe we all need to act morally responsible by clearing out and rejecting our culture of toxic racial apathy, arrogance, d… Faith In Humanity, Equal Rights, Mood, Look At You, Social Issues, Social Justice, Fight Club, Humor, In This World
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"Equal Justice" Artist: Clay Bennett

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Black people ‘40 times more likely’ to be stopped and searched in UK

"You're 28 times more likely to be stopped and searched in London if you don't have white skin, because we're still really racist." Artist: Strike Magazine *The figure is likely based on findings from the Equality and Human Rights Commission report. While Black and Brown people in London are much more likely to be stopped and searched than white peopoe, the figure probably refers specifically to the West Midlands Police.

Eight Charts That Show How the Justice System Is Stacked Against Black Americans Stop And Frisk, Killed By Police, Criminal Justice System, Sociology, Data Visualization, Thought Provoking, Sentences, Crime, Chris Rock
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Racial Disparity in police stops!

Race: Arrests

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Drug Use Lower, Arrest Rates Higher among Black Teens

In the year since Michael Brown was killed, Americans have focused their attention on the harsh treatment of black Americans at the hands of police. A shoc

Drug-Related Arrest Rates by Race

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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Drug Arrest Rates for Blacks and Whites per 100,000, 1972-2011

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Nationally, Black girls are 4x as likely to be arrested in school than white girls. In some states, they are 8x as likely to be arrested.  Source: U.S. Department of Education / Civil Rights Data Collection

Black-White Girl School Arrest Risk, 2015-2016

Nationally, Black girls are 4x as likely to be arrested in school than white girls. In some states, they are 8x as likely to be arrested. Source: U.S. Department of Education / Civil Rights Data Collection

5 Black Crime Myths: Which Ones Did You Believe? Facts can sometimes prove to be the difference between life and death. We need to look no further than Trayvon Martin's case to see the difference between perception and reality when it comes to criminal Social Issues, Social Work, Social Change, Forensic Science, Political Science, Violent Crime, Criminal Justice System, Do You Believe, Forensics

Tim Wise on Colorblind Racism

"3 Myth: Justice is Applied Equally" "4 Myth: Black Kids have Behavioral Problems" [Without exposing racist myths, society can not address the harmful consequences of myths. Click on this image to find a brief clip and analysis about colorblind racism and the prohibition against talking about race in the United States]

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Source: Citizens Police Data Project (www.invisible.institute)

Citizen Complaints that Result in Recommendation of Punishment

Source: Citizens Police Data Project (www.invisible.institute)

Source: Kishi, Roudabeh, Hampton Stall, Sam Jones. 2020. "The Future of 'Stop the Steal': Post-Election Trajectories for Right-wing Mobilization in the U.S.

Use of Force by Law Enforcement Demonstrations (1 May - 28 November 2020)

Source: Kishi, Roudabeh, Hampton Stall, Sam Jones. 2020. "The Future of 'Stop the Steal': Post-Election Trajectories for Right-wing Mobilization in the U.S.

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Drug Use Lower, Arrest Rates Higher among Black Teens

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They've Always Been Watching Us / by Andy Warner and Jess Parker

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A Her-story of the War on Drugs

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Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

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What Was Happening in Ferguson, Missouri BEFORE Police killed Michael Brown?

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Anyways, Breonna Taylor

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Biking While Black

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Racism in Ireland - July - December 2016

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Racism in Ireland - January - June 2017

Soldier stands besides his M60 machine gun, which is mounted on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to deter rioters from entering the building during the social unrest following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., April 1968. In light of the fact that Trump supporters successfully storming the Capitol building in recent days, many have noted that the building only appears to be well protected when Black and Brown protestors are at its steps. James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King Assassination, Presidents In Order, Civil Rights Leaders, New Mods, Somewhere In Time, Criminal Justice System, Capitol Building, King Jr
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Soldier stands besides his M60 on the U.S. Capitol steps, April 1968.

Soldier stands besides his M60 machine gun, which is mounted on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to deter rioters from entering the building during the social unrest following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., April 1968. In light of the fact that Trump supporters successfully storming the Capitol building in recent days, many have noted that the building only appears to be well protected when Black and Brown protestors are at its steps.

One of the most disturbing aspects of the riot at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021 was the casual way in which some Capitol police appeared to treat rioters, even going so far as to take selfies with infiltrators. In one widely shared photograph from the day, a smiling white man is shown carrying a podium while walking toward the Capitol exit. The police were nowhere to be found. Artist: @TheFakePan

Two Americas

One of the most disturbing aspects of the riot at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021 was the casual way in which some Capitol police appeared to treat rioters, even going so far as to take selfies with infiltrators. In one widely shared photograph from the day, a smiling white man is shown carrying a podium while walking toward the Capitol exit. The police were nowhere to be found. Artist: @TheFakePan

Source: Pew Research Center

Whites and blacks differ widely in views of how blacks are treated, 2019

Source: Pew Research Center