This is how your skin color can impact your life in the U.S.
You may think that after decades of equality and civil rights fights your skin color would not have a significant impact in your daily life. However, if you live in the United States, the color of your skin can not only cost you money, it can also cost you a promotion or a job. It can even have an impact on the way your health care is delivered. And, it can make you more or less likely to be arrested or convicted. At least, that’s according to a new Brave New Films video.
The organization Brave New Films has launched a new video titled ¨Racism Is Real,¨ to prove racism is still an issue in the United States. The video is supported by real data from several studies the filmmakers compiled into one, cohesive piece.
Here are some facts highlighted in the video:
-Resumés with Black-sounding names are 50 percent less likely to be called back.
-African Americans are charged $700 more than white people when buying cars.
-Black drivers are twice as likely to get pulled over.
-African-American clients are shown 17.7 percent fewer houses for sale than white clients.
-Despite the fact that marijuana use is equal between both groups, Black people are four times more likely to be arrested.
-Blacks are also incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites.
-African Americans are less informed about health care options — in the instance illustrated by the video, an important heart procedure.
-White legislators, from both political parties, do not respond as frequently to constituents with Black sounding names.
The campaign, which has already gone viral, was launched two days after the Baltimore riots started. Around 24 hours, later it has more than 158,000 views. Brave New Films is also encouraging people to sign a petition on their website demanding equality. Because, as they said, ¨something is terribly wrong if we stand by and continue to let this happen.”