Racism Facts & Figures


All human beings belong to the same species, Homo sapiens. The diversity between humans is about 0.1% (one difference per one thousand nucleotides between two humans chosen at random).

Genetic evidence indicates that all humans are descendants from a migration of people from Africa 50,000-80,000 years ago.

National Science Foundation


Most scholars agree that “race” was a recent invention and that it was essentially a folk idea, not a product of scientific research. They hold that the real meaning of “race” in American society has to do with social realities, quite distinct from physical variations in the human species.

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

In America an extreme conception of human differences attempted to legitimize the folk ideas. Some people tried to “prove” scientifically that “the Negro” was a different and lower kind of human being. The first published materials arguing from a scientific perspective that “negroes” were a separate species from white men appeared in the last decade of the eighteenth century. They argued that Negroes were either a product of degeneration from that first creation, or descendants of a separate creation altogether.



There are 892 active “hate groups” in the US – a 60% increase since 2000. These include: the Ku Klux Klan, Black Separatists, Racist Skinheads, White Nationals, Neo-Nazis, Neo-Confederates, Christian Identity and Anti-LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered).

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

In 2008, there were 149 anti-government extremist groups. When Barack Obama was elected, the total jumped to 512. Currently there are 998.

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

There are typically around 6,000 hate crimes every year – with about 60% of them racially motivated or related to ethnicity/national origin bias.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)


The employment rate for black males has been decreasing. In 1970 the employment rate for 16 year old black males, was 72%. In 1990, it was 62% and in 2010, it was 54%.


Over 17 million non-white Americans live below the poverty line. There are approximately 11 million Hispanics in poverty, 9 million African Americans, and 1.5 million Asian Americans in poverty. However, as a percentage of the population, almost 25% African Americans lives in poverty — the highest percentage of any group.

Criminal Justice System

1 in every 10 black men in his thirties in prison or jail on any given day.

The Sentencing Project

American Indian youth are 3 times as likely as white youth to be held in a juvenile detention facility.

The Sentencing Project

In the U.S., black people make up 13% of the total population but represent 40% of those incarcerated. White people make up 64% of the total populations but represent 39% of those incarcerated.


Since 1973, of those people who have been executed in the U.S., 65% were of a minority group. When the defendant was white and the victim black, 15 people were executed, but when the defendant was black and the victim white, 243 people were executed.

Police Bias

In Chicago, African-Americans are 9.4 times more likely to shot by a police officer than whites.

Community Renewal Society


28.5% of black males will likely serve time in a state or federal prison for a felony conviction, a rate 7 times that for white males.

ABC News

Nationally 7% of blacks have lost the right to vote because of state laws that strip felons of the right to vote — this compares to 2% of the rest of the country. In Virginia, 20% of blacks can’t vote. In Florida, it’s 23%.

Huffington Post

13% of adult black men (1.4 million) — more than 1in 8 – account for 35% of all Americans who are barred from voting.

ABC News

9 states impose a lifetime ban on voting by felons. They are: Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia and Wyoming.

The Sentencing Project. & The Times-Picayune of New Orleans

Racism costs the US almost $2 trillion each year. This comes in the form of bias against workers, wage discrimination, hiring discrimination, discrimination based on price, services discrimination, discrete usage discrimination and capital investment discrimination.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation