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Stop-and-Frisk in the de Blasio Era

March 1, 2019

This report examines the stop-and-frisk program during the first four years of the de Basio Administration. 

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Discrimination

Educational Racism: Cuomo’s Record of Underfunding Schools in Black & Latino Communities

September 11, 2018

The numbers tell the truth: the schools with the most need are being shortchanged the most. American history has confirmed this time and time again, even though it was supposed to be rectified with Brown v. Board of Education. Educational racism explains the fact that two dozen school districts are owed the most Foundation Aid by the state.

Boys and Men of Color; Discrimination; Education

The Capitol of Suspensions: Examining the Racial Exclusion of Black Males in Sacramento County

June 18, 2018

The authors examine the suspension rates of young black males in Sacramento County's public schools.

Boys and Men of Color; Discrimination; Education

Outside Looking In: Suspension as a form of segregation in San Diego County

May 1, 2018

This report looks at the disparity in exposure to exlusionary practices faced by young men of color, specifically young black males, in San Diego County.

Boys and Men of Color; Discrimination; Education

Get Out! Black Male Suspensions in California Public Schools

February 1, 2018

This report is a joint publication of the Black Minds Project (an initiative of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Black Male Institute at the University of California, Los-Angeles (UCLA). In this report, we present analyses of publicly available statewide data on the suspension of Black males in California's public schools.

Discrimination; Education

Building a Culture of Health by Creating Opportunities for Boys and Young Men of Color, Executive Summary

October 4, 2016

There is a long list of social, institutional, and economic barriers that prevent too many boys and young men of color from reaching their full potential. They are more likely than their white peers to face risks in their community, in school, and at home that jeopardize their health and life chances. To better understand these barriers that America's young men of color face and promising ways for our nation to overcome them, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Forward Promise initiative—in partnership with the Moriah Group—commissioned seven issue briefs. These briefs, authored by leading researchers in academia and the social sector, examine quality education, suspension and expulsion, childhood trauma, and lack of early career opportunities.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Discrimination; Education

Disparity Report

March 1, 2016

This report, commissioned by the New York City Young Men's Initiative and developed by the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, provides a snapshot of where New York City's young people of color stand in relation to their peers in the areas of education, economic security and mobility, health and wellbeing, and community and personal safety. The analysis, which disaggregates data by race and gender, found that while there have been decreases in several disparities for young men and women of color, disparities persist.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Discrimination; Education; Employment; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities; Poverty

Disproportionate Impact Of K-12 School Suspension And Expulsion On Black Students In Southern States

August 25, 2015

This report aims to make transparent the rates at which school discipline practices and policies impact Black students in every K-12 public school district in 13 Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Discrimination; Education

State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2015

May 1, 2015

This annual review tracks the latest research in the growing field of implicit bias. In addition to trends in the public domain and scholarly realm, the publication provides a detailed discussion of new 2014 literature in the areas of criminal justice, health and health care, employment, education, and housing, as well as the latest ideas for debiasing.

Crime and Justice; Discrimination; Education; Employment; Health; Media and the Arts


May 1, 2015

Asserting that Black lives matter also means that the quality of those lives matters, and economic opportunity is inextricably linked to quality of life. Decades after the Civil Rights Movement and the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, structural barriers still hold back African Americans in the workplace.The authors of this report provide some broader context on the black jobs crisis, including its origins and effects; the particular impact of the crisis on African American women; the declining state of black workers and their organizations, particularly within the labor movement; and the implications of the twin crises of joblessness and poverty-level wages for organizing. This report also features examples of how black worker organizations are combining strategic research, services, policy advocacy, and organizing to help black workers weather the economic storms and improve the quality of jobs that are open to African Americans over the long term.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Discrimination; Employment

Reducing Harms to Boys and Young Men of Color from Criminal Justice System Involvement

February 4, 2015

This paper reviews systemic, institutional, and community policies and practices that greatly impact the life chances of boys and young men of color. Policy and practice changes that would reduce criminal justice engagement and that would reduce the harms caused to communities of color from criminal justice engagement are identified and suggestions are made for developing more evidence of effectiveness for initiatives in this area.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Discrimination

Facts Matter! Black Lives Matter! The Trauma of Racism

January 1, 2015

This report is a summary of select research on the blocked opportunities and oppressive burden that young men of color experience. The authors hope that these findings fuel action by our government leaders, policy makers, advocacy and provider organizations and communities. In addition, this report highlights select promising policy and programmatic interventions that could provide steps to address the serious inequities that appear to be fueling the accumulating number of young men of color whose lives are cut short by violence or diminished by lack of opportunities, resources and supports.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Discrimination; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities

Race and Prosecution in Manhattan

July 1, 2014

This report summarizes a two-year study which analyzed more than 200,000 cases. It focuses on the role of prosecutors during several points of a criminal case -- case acceptance for prosecution, dismissals, pretrial detention, plea bargaining, and sentencing recommendations -- and whether prosecutorial discretion contributes to racially and ethnically disparate outcomes. While the best predictors of case outcomes were factors that directly pertained to legal aspects of a case -- including the seriousness of the charge, the defendant's prior record, and the offense type -- the research also found that race remained a factor in case outcomes.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Discrimination

The Essence of Innocence: Consequences of Dehumanizing Black Children

March 1, 2014

This research, consisting of four studies of police officers and college students, finds that Black boys as young as 10 may not be viewed in the same light of childhood innocence as their white peers. Instead, they are more likely to be mistaken as older, be perceived as guilty, and face police violence if accused of a crime. The research provides evidence that these racial disparities are predicted by the implicit dehumanization of Blacks.

Crime and Justice; Discrimination

Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years

December 22, 2013

This issue of the Educational Testing Service Policy Information Center provides highlights from the symposium, "Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years," held on June 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. The third in a series of four symposia co-sponsored by ETS and the Children's Defense Fund, the seminar examined the education and status of African-American teenage boys.

Discrimination; Education

A Gathering of Leaders 2013: Postscript

July 9, 2013

"A Gathering of Leaders 2013" was a three-day conference convening 200 social change leaders working to improve opportunities for boys and men of color. This report is a follow-up to the conference, highlighting the insights, recommendations, victories, struggles, and lessons learned of participants.

Boys and Men of Color; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Crime and Justice; Discrimination; Education; Fatherhood; Health; Identity; Media and the Arts; Neighborhoods and Communities; Philanthropy

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