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Discrimination in the US: How to Measure “Systematic Racism”

Discrimination in the US: How to Measure “Systematic Racism”

Washington Even around 50 years after legal equality, the structural disadvantage of blacks in the USA can still be measured in many ways: On average, they live shorter lives, are poorer and less healthy than white Americans. The numbers speak for themselves.

Discrimination based on skin color is often difficult to measure in the USA: it can be a crooked look, insults or canceled job interviews. It is different with what politicians in the USA call "systematic racism". An overview.


According to an evaluation by the Washington Post, police officers in the USA have shot around 5,400 people, most of them armed, since 2015. Of these, 45 percent were white, although whites make up around 60 percent of the US population. Blacks, who make up only 13 percent of the population, represented 23 percent of those killed by the police. The statistics of firearm deaths give only a small insight into the actions of the police: In the case of George Floyd, no shot was fired - without the cell phone videos of passers-by, his killing would hardly have been so well known. Government studies show that police officers are more likely to use force against black people overall.