Martin Luther King Jr. made the world a better place through the power of vision, determination, and powerful community organization. But even in his time he recognized that the fight for justice was only beginning. I would like to take this day to see how far we have come as a nation and how far we still have to go to by compiling a small list of various enlightening or inspiring links related to this topic. Enjoy!
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/25/enduring-whiteness-of-american-journalism This article is an interesting look at African American news and journalism presence in the U.S.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/09/18/theres-overwhelming-evidence-that-the-criminal-justice-system-is-racist-heres-the-proof/ One cannot discuss racism in the U.S. without discussing the disparity of injustice in the criminal justice system.
https://nonprofitquarterly.org/how-racism-costs-black-families-hundreds-of-billions-in-housing-wealth/ An interesting article on the history of housing discrimination and how it continues to impact African Americans today.
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/03/who-bears-the-costs-of-segregation/520863/ This link is about the impact of racial segregation on my hometown Chicago.
https://www.acponline.org/acp_policy/policies/racial_ethnic_disparities_2010.pdf The American College of Physicians also published a paper in regards to health outcomes of African Americans and found worse outcomes across the board.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190311152735.htm This research paper from Science Daily quantifies the different levels of PM2.5 Air pollution exposure by race but does not address other forms of pollution that ethnic minorities often experience at greater levels such as disproportionate contamination of their water, place of employment, and housing.
And, last but not least… What happened to Black Lives Matter? https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/darrensands/what-happened-to-black-lives-matter