- Though African American men and white men smoke cigarettes at roughly the same rate—25.5% compared with 23.6%—black men are 37% more likely to develop lung cancer and 22% more likely to die from it. For black women, lung cancer occurs at roughly the same rate as it does in white women, according to an American Lung Association report. Though the reason for the disparity is unclear, it appears to be the result of a confluence of factors such as genetics and access to healthcare.
- African Americans were 80% more likely than whites to receive a subprime loan and were almost 20% more likely to go into foreclosure, according to a study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition that analyzed data in the Washington, D.C., area. The NCRC also found that borrower income has almost no statistical significance in the likelihood of receiving a subprime loan or of facing foreclosure.
- Jim Crow 2010 Given current rates of incarceration, one in three of the next generation of black men will be disfranchised—denied the right to vote—as a result of a felony conviction at some point during his lifetime, writes the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Currently, more than 1.5 million black men, or 13% of all African American men in the U.S. (and in some states up to one-third of the entire African American male population) are denied the right to vote. Cast your vote in the comments section below: Do you think the disenfranchisement rates is modern-day Jim Crow?