The growth of incarceration rates among black men in recent decades combined with the sharp drop in black employment rates during the Great Recession have left most black men in a position relative to white men that is really no better than the position they occupied only a few years after the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
Neal, D. & Rick, A. (2014). Prison boom and the lack of black progress after Smith and Welsh. NBER Working Paper 20283.
Black men in their 20s and early 30s without a high school diploma … [are] more likely to be behind bars than to have a job.
Prison and the Poverty Trap
More than 80 per cent of [rape victims] said they did not report their assault to the police, while 29 per cent said they told nobody – not even a friend or family member – of their ordeal.
Unreported rapes: The silent shame (via Hannah)
At least 10 times as many girls are now trafficked into brothels annually as African slaves were transported to the New World in the peak years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
The face of modern slavery
Twenty-one per cent of Sri Lankan males who were seen at a London torture treatment centre reported sexual abuse while in detention. In El Salvador, 76% of male political prisoners surveyed in the 1980s described at least one incidence of sexual torture. A study of 6,000 concentration-camp inmates in Sarajevo found that 80% of men reported having been raped.
The rape of men
In 2009, for every dollar of wealth the average white household had, black households only had two cents.
The disappearing black middle class
The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion.
That’s more than NASA’s budget. It’s more than BP has paid so far for damage during the Gulf oil spill. It’s what the G-8 has pledged to help foster new democracies in Egypt and Tunisia.
Among the costs of war: $20B in air conditioning
Two thirds (66%) of [women in prison] reported having been involved in at least one violent relationship.
2009 NSW Inmate Health Survey
An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 American-born children are sold for sex each year.
In Oakland, redefining sex trade workers as abuse victims
More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began.
The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration of African American men
Finally, in January, the Justice Department published its first plausible estimates [of sexual abuse of inmates]. In 2008, it now says, more than 216,600 people were sexually abused in prisons and jails and, in the case of at least 17,100 of them, in juvenile detention. Overall, that’s almost six hundred people a day—twenty-five an hour.
However, only 3.4% of those 216,600 estimated incidents of abuse translated to “official allegations” of sexual abuse. 0.4% (less than one thousand) were later substantiated by authorities. Of those involving corrective officers, 23% of allegations resulted in an arrest, and only three percent of officers with a substantiated allegation of abuse against them were charged, indicted, or convicted.
Prison Rape and the Government