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A new report by the Derrick Hamilton, Khaing Zaw and William Darity of Duke University shows that Black kids from rich homes are still more likely to go to jail than poor white kids.
The report which is based on data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a national study that began in 1979 and followed a group of young people into adulthood and middle age. Reads;
About 2.7 percent of the poorest white young people those whose household wealth was in the poorest 10th of the distribution in 1985, when they were between 20 and 28 years old ultimately went to prison. In the next 10th, 3.1 percent ultimately went to prison.
The households of young people in both of these groups had more debts than assets. In other words, their wealth was negative. All the same, their chances of being imprisoned were far less than those of black youth from much more affluent circumstances.
About 10 percent of affluent black youths in 1985 would eventually go to prison. Only the very wealthiest black youth — those whose household wealth in 1985 exceeded $69,000 in 2012 dollars — had a better chance of avoiding prison than the poorest white youth. Among black young people in this group, 2.4 percent were incarcerated.
Hispanic participants who were less affluent in 1985 were more likely to be eventually incarcerated than their white peers with similar wealth, but less likely than black participants.
Discoveries and reports like this validates movement like Black Lives Matter and even though the desired result (equality) has not been achieved yet. We are not where we used to be, so we have to keep speaking OUT.