A recent report by the Justice Policy Institute finds that Maryland imprisons African Americans at twice the national rate. More than 7 out of 10 prisoners in Maryland are African American, while the national average is 3 in 10.
Ryan King, the report’s author, says disparate treatment occurs at every level, from arrest to prosecution to sentencing. Read the report here.
And Gregory Carpenter, who spent two decades behind bars, describes how lengthy sentences for young black men disrupt families and whole communities.
Here’s a Stoop Story told by Alvin Eng in 2015 about the racism his parents experienced as Chinese immigrants to the U.S., and his struggle to be an “All American” boy. You can hear his story and others at Stoopstorytelling.com or on the Stoop podcast. You can attend a LIVE Stoop event, Holiday Hootenanny, coming up Dec. 12.
A bevy of holiday events this weekend in Baltimore: tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, the Creative Alliance will celebrate Kwanzaa Family Day with face painting, food, and art activities. Then, tomorrow evening, a flotilla will illuminate the harbor during the 32nd Annual Parade of Lighted Boats. The parade begins at the Anchorage Marina on Boston St. And on Sunday evening, Patterson Park will light its pagoda and celebrate the season with local vendors and live music.
400 years after enslaved Africans were first brought to North America, inequalities continue to impact the health and life expectancy of African Americans. One driver of disparate outcomes is quality of care. Doctors tend to talk more and listen less to minority patients. Undoing this, says Johns Hopkins internist and researcher Dr. Lisa Cooper, requires educating future physicians. And sociologist Alexandre White tells how historical responses to disease outbreaks can teach useful lessons about structural racism.