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racism in the US
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Progress: Some 250,000 attend March on Washington, hear Martin Luther King Jr. deliver "I Have a Dream" speech. Regress: Klan members bomb 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four black girls in Sunday school.
Progress: President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin. Regress: Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman murdered by Klansmen in Mississippi.
Progress: In Loving v. Virginia, Supreme Court rules prohibiting interracial marriage unconstitutional. Regress: During "Long Hot Summer," race riots erupt across U.S., killing dozens, injuring thousands, setting stage for historic violence of 1968.
Progress: President Bush proposes "guest worker" plan permitting undocumented immigrants working in U.S. to apply for temporary status... Regress: ...but allows U.S. Border Patrol agents to deport them with no hearing before immigration judge.
Progress: Sonia Sotomayor becomes first Latina Supreme Court justice. Regress: Harvard professor, renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. arrested on suspicion of breaking and entering—at his own home.
2017 Progress: Federal courts halt enforcement of President Trump’s order effectively banning Muslim immigrants from seven countries. Regress:Trump signs revised order; stays silent in face of increasing violence against mosques; moves forward on Dakota Access Pipeline, Mexican border wall....
Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
A 2013 study confirmed that black men were much more likely to be arrested and incarcerated than white men, but also found that this disparity disappeared after accounting for self-reported violence and IQ.
Approximately 12–13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 35% of jail inmates, and 37% of prison inmates of the 2.2 million male inmates as of 2014
African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites.
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