In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. presented his “I Have A Dream” speech in hopes that one day blacks and whites among others would coexist as equals. And one day, our nation will abide by the words of the Constitution, in which all men (yes, that means black men as well as white men) would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Flash forward to 2015 and you will find that racial inequality in the U.S. is still a persistent problem.
In Brave New Films newest video, there are different studies done to depict what life is like living as a black American compared to life as a white American.
The research varies from buying a car, buying a house, and even job applications. In a recent study conducted by the University of Chicago, resumes with ‘black-sounding’ names are 50 percent less likely to get a call back from an employer before he/she even gets a foot in the door. For example, the video includes two names, Dante J. Williams and David J. Williams, although both have the same criteria for the position. . . ‘David’ will more than often receive the offer.
In the medical world, studies show that doctors do not inform black patients as often as white patients; that can be a matter of life or death.
Drugs and alcohol were also mentioned. An ACLU study showed that although marijuana is used equally between blacks and whites, black Americans are four times more likely to be arrested for obtaining the substances.
The video concludes by asking one prominent question:
“If this isn’t racism, what is?”
Watch the video from Brave New Films via YouTube, below:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTcSVQJ2h8g&w=560&h=315]
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