Racial Issues in America Quiz

How much do you really know about racism and "race" related issues? Do you believe that such issues don't really exist today -- that they're mostly issues of the past?

I invite you to test your knowledge of "race" related facts by taking this Racial Issues in America Quiz. Many current day and some historical facts are included in this quiz. I think you will find it to be a challenge. More than a few of the correct answers may also surprise you.

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If African-Americans comprise only 13% of the U.S. population and 14% of the monthly drug users, what percentage are arrested for drug-related offenses in America?
In 2009, African-Americans were 21% more likely than whites to receive mandatory minimum sentences and 20% more likely to be sentenced to prison than white drug defendants.
In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive ___% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes.
Studies show that police are more likely to pull over and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites. In New York City, 80% of the stops made were blacks and Latinos, and 85% of those people were frisked, compared to a mere 8% of white people stopped.
After being arrested, African-Americans are ___% more likely than whites to be detained while facing a felony trial in New York.
In a 2009 report, 2/3 of the criminals receiving life sentences were non-whites. In New York, it is 83%.
African Americans make up ___% of the people in state prisons for drug offenses.
The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics concluded that an African American male born in 2001 has a 32% chance of going to jail in his lifetime, while a Latino male has a 17% chance, and a white male only has a 6% chance.
In 2012, ___% of Americans expressed anti-black sentiments in a poll; a 3% increase from 2008.
A survey in 2011 revealed that ___% of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes.
Reports show that nearly 50% of Americans under 18 are minorities. The trend projects a reversal in the population where by 2030, the majority of people under 18 will be of color, and by 2042 nonwhites will be the majority of the U.S. population.
Nearly 3 in 4 millennials (73%) believe that we should talk more openly about bias and that "having more open, constructive conversations about bias will help people become less prejudiced."
78% of millennials believe that everyone has a responsibility to help tackle bias; 65% wish they knew more about how to address bias when they see it.
8 in 10 millennials believe bias is at the root of a lot of the problems facing the world today.
___ in 10 millennials believe small examples of bias can add up to major problems for society.
The concept of race is a modern one. The ancient Greeks, for example, never divided people by skin color or race but instead divided them according to social class, wealth, education, and language.
__________ was the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions.
In 2002, the Institute of Medicine scientifically documented widespread racial disparities in health care and suggested they stemmed at least partly from physician bias. In one generation, between 1940 and 1999, more than four million African Americans died prematurely relative to those of lighter skin color.
Interracial marriage has been legal in the U.S. since 1967. In 2008, a record 14.6% of all first marriages in the U.S. were interracial marriages. Nine percent of whites, 16% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics, and 31% of Asians married someone whose race or ethnicity was different from their own. White men/Asian women pairings are the most common form of interracial dating and marriage in the U.S.
Race and ethnicity are different entities. While both are social constructs, race is associated with the idea that there are innate biological differences and has largely been discredited. Ethnicity, on the other hand, is associated with culture, religion, language, etc.
Research indicates that infants as young as ________ old notice differences in skin and hair colors.
A daughter born to an Irish mother and American Indian father in Maryland in 1680 was labeled a “mulatto” and sold into slavery.
The infamous “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male” launched by the U.S. Public Health Service in Macon County, Alabama, in 1932 was created to confirm the long held view that venereal diseases acted differently in blacks than in whites. The study is widely considered unethical, mainly because researchers knowingly did not treat patients with syphilis, even after penicillin was discovered to be an effective treatment. The study lasted 40 years, until 1972.
In the early 1900s, the Racial Integrity Act in the United States required racial classification of every person at birth and made marriage between whites and anyone with even a trace of Negro ancestry a crime. It was motivated by concern that sexual intermingling between blacks and whites would deteriorate the white race.
The Human Genome Project, which mapped out the complete human genetic code, proved that race could not be identified in our genes. While scientists may use the idea of race to make practical distinctions among fluid sets of genetic traits, all people belong to the same hominid species, Homo sapiens sapiens (Latin for “wise man” or “knowing man”). In other words, biologically, there is one human race.
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