Racial Disparities in Dane County

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday, November 27th, our host Karma Chavez discussed the latest study about racial disparities in Dane County.

Chavez was joined by the study’s author, Erica Nelson, an attorney who practices public interest law, and Torry Winn, a consultant for the Race to Equity Project.

Their findings may shock you. Namely:

Nearly 75% of all African American children in Dane County are in poverty. 

In other words, Dane County black kids were estimated to be over 13 times more likely to be growing up in poverty than white children.

Dane County African Americans were almost 5.5 times more likely to be jobless than their white neighbors.

Dane County blacks were over six times more likely to be poor than whites.

African American males in Dane County are more than 20 times more likely to be convicted and incarcerated than white males.

Read more for yourself : Race to Equity: A Baseline Report on the State of Racial Disparities in Dane County (pdf)


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