November 2, 2020

12:00am - 11:59pm

Today we will discuss the impact of racial disparities in incarceration on minority communities in the U.S. Building on last week's discussion on education and the school to prison pipeline, mass incarceration of targeted demographics has an effect not only on those persons, but entire ethnic and religious groups and future generations.

Challenges

OPTION 1: Watch this video on mass incarceration to understand how, for certain demographics of young Black men, the current inevitability of prison has become a sort-of normal life event.

OPTION 2: Despite the portrayal of Black fathers as absent in the upbringing of their children, African American dads are more likely to engage in a variety of activities with their children on a daily basis over White and Hispanic fathers. Read this article on dispelling the stereotypical portrayal of Black fathers.

OPTION 3: The existence of racial disparity in the criminal justice system has a ripple effect on nearly every other social system. Read this article and infographic to learn about some solutions that chip away at those racial disparities.

OPTION 4: Muslims make up about 9% of state prisoners, though they are only about 1% of the U.S. population, a new report finds. Listen to this report, which sheds light on the obstacles some incarcerated Muslims face in prison while practicing their faith.

The Racial Justice and Social Equity series is hosted by Worthington Libraries and the City of Worthington Community Relations Commission. The work of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, which developed the series' daily challenges, is gratefully acknowledged.

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