Although Chicago has made progress when it comes to racial segregation, the city is still one of the most segregated in our country. According to data pulled from the census, 76 percent of the city’s African-American population would have to relocate in order for Chicago to be completely integrated. However, segregation lines are slowly but surely being blurred throughout Chicago neighborhoods. The data also revealed that a normal Black resident in Chicago now resides in a neighborhood that is 64 percent Black, in comparison to 76 percent 16 years ago. “The reason we pay so much attention to segregation is because it matters in terms of life outcomes,” said Stephanie Schmitz Bechteler, the research and evaluation director at the Chicago Urban League. “Where you live and where you grow up matters, and so does who you grow up around. It dictates where you go to school, the access you have to healthy business corridors, even your access to healthy food and job opportunities. All this is tied to address. It’s good to see a decrease in segregation; it’s a positive step forward. But only time will tell if the trend is long-term and whether it will break down the social and economic barriers that currently exist.” Milwaukee and New York City are the top segregated cities, while Kansas City, Tampa, and Detroit have made major progress in terms of integration. Read more.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Stepdaughter Held In Custody After Uber Ride
Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s stepdaughter was detained in a New York City police station last week after getting into a dispute over an Uber ride gone wrong. According to reports, 21-year-old Kia Absalom was riding in one of the cars on December 28. She thought her fare would automatically be paid through the Uber app, but was unaware the car she was riding in was under the UberT service; which only gives passengers the option of paying cash or credit. “I asked her to pay me,” said the taxi driver Hassan Almaweri. “She said, ‘No, I paid by the app.’” Absalom had no cash or credit cards on her, so she was arrested and held inside a prison cell for a half-hour. Her boyfriend later came to pay the fare, she was released, and her arrest record was annulled. Uber has declined to comment on the situation. The incident is still being reviewed. Read more.
Tyler Perry Claps Back at Critics
Although Tyler Perry’s entertainment franchise is super successful, the New Orleans-bred mogul has often been criticized for creating characters that are stereotypical of African-Americans. During a recent interview, Perry clapped back at the people who had negative things to say about his work. “Let me tell you what took me aback about that, when people were like, ‘How dare you put fat black people on television, these are caricatures, these are stereotypes’ — I was so offended because my aunt’s fat. My mother’s fat. My cousins are fat,” said Perry during the interview. “People who are like, ‘How dare you — these harken back to Mammy, Amos ’n’ Andy.’ I would hear all these things, and I would go, hmmm.” Director Spike Lee has been very vocal about his discontent with Perry’s work; labeling it as “coonery and buffoonery.” “There’s a lot of my audience that likes what he does. And there’s a lot of his audience that likes what I do,” he said. Read more.
REPORT: Black Men 9 Times More Likely to be Killed by Police
According to The Guardian, 1,134 people were killed by police in 2015. About 47.2 percent of those who died were people of color. Another 53.6 percent of people of color who were killed by cops were unarmed. The study showed that young African-American men were nine times more likely to be murdered by cops than other people in our country. A recent Harvard study indicated that killings involving the police outnumber the amount of people who die from diseases like influenza, measles, malaria, and mumps. Read more.
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