What Are Some Examples of Racial Discrimination?

From disproportionate sentences handed down to people who are not Caucasian to the minimal representation of non-whites in the government and on juries, racial discrimination has a systematic grounding in American society and throughout the world. Examples of racial discrimination are evident in the criminal justice system, in schools, in the workplace and throughout the political process.

Despite making up approximately half of the population in New York City and committing traffic violations at roughly the same rate as whites, Latinos and blacks face 80 percent of stops by the New York Police Department. While the police frisked 8 percent of white people during these stops, the NYPD acknowledges frisking 85 percent of the Latino and black people they pulled over. The American Civil Liberties Union concluded that in California, blacks are three times more apt to be questioned by police than whites.

A black person who murders a white person is twice as likely to face the death penalty than a white person who kills a black person. Moreover, qualified black people are rejected from jury duty as much as 80 percent of the time.

The unemployment rate for black people has been twice that of whites for decades, and for black people who are employed, the likelihood of losing a job increases substantially for every $10,000 earned. While 43 percent of black people own a home, 73 percent of white people do, and the median net worth of black families is $28,500 compared to $265,000 for white families, as of 2015.