Tag: Whites

'Keep Your Hands on the Wheel, My Man'

Police officers treat Black motorists with less respect during traffic stops than white ones, new research from Stanford University confirmed. Seemingly subtle differences in language in fact highlight significant racial disparities. According to the study, titled “Language from police body camera footage shows racial disparities in officer respect,” these results…

Welcome to the Most Diverse Congress Yet

By Chris Hoenig Congress is still predominantly white and predominantly male, but the 114th Congress, sworn in on Tuesday, is the most diverse ever. There are 535 elected seats on Capitol Hill—435 in the House, 100 in Senate. In the House, three women are making history: New Jersey Democrat Bonnie…

#CrimingWhileWhite: White Privilege or White Guilt

By Chris Hoenig Eric Garner was allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. He didn’t assault a police officer, but he still died at the hands of an NYPD officer in a videotaped chokehold. His case may be a (not-so) rare, but extreme example of the unjust punishments Blacks face at the…

Amazing Police Shooting Front Page Ruined by Gun Ad

By Chris Hoenig Police shootings are seemingly out of control in Louisville, Ky. The Courier-Journal, a Louisville-based Gannett newspaper, led its Sunday edition with a feature on the spike in police-involved fatalities in 2014. Editors even designed a powerful front page to highlight the story. And then they ruined it….

Police Hide Data About the People They Kill

By Chris Hoenig Between 2007 and 2012, 1,242 people were killed by police in 105 of the largest police jurisdictions in the country, according to the FBI. But a Wall Street Journal analysis of those police departments revealed that there were more than 550 police-involved deaths not included in those…

Can You Trust Local Law Enforcement

By Chris Hoenig Do you think your local law-enforcement agency treats Black people fairly Your answer to that question likely depends on your race. A new NBC News/Marist poll found that racial divisions run deep when it comes to the views and trust of local law enforcement. In fact, amongst…

More Proof War on Drugs Is Race War

By Chris Hoenig The War on Drugs is taking a toll on Black Americans, and a new study has revealed just how unjustified a toll it is. A Brookings Institute analysis of arrest data shows that Black Americans are far more likely to be arrested for drug offenses, even though…

Was Abraham Lincoln a Racist

By Chris Hoenig Did Abraham Lincoln read about justifying racism and slavery Experts in Illinois believe so. State historians and handwriting experts have confirmed that Lincoln penned notes in a more-than-a-century-old book circulated through a local library. Types of Mankind was published in 1854, and the Vespasian Warner Library in…