Black people can use their voices, their bodies, and their power to save themselves, according to a new report.
In a groundbreaking new study, the University of Chicago School of Public Health found that black people have the capacity to “make change” through nonviolent means.
The findings were made available to the public and in an op-ed published in The Atlantic.
“We need to take the bold steps of making our voices heard,” the study’s author, Dr. J. D. Davis, wrote in the op-eds piece.
“Black people are already fighting the injustices that we see around us.
And we must take on the challenges that we face.
The way to achieve change is to stand up for what is right, even if we don’t agree with the outcome.
That means we have to change our strategies, our beliefs, our strategies for action, and our tactics for resistance.”
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, examined the role of nonviolent social movements in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
The researchers analyzed data from a study of substance abusers from 1994 to 1999.
Researchers found that a total of 5,813 black people died from substance abuse in the United States in 1999, the same year that the country saw the largest increase in the number of blacks incarcerated.
In addition, blacks accounted for 44 percent of those who died from alcohol-related causes in the same period.
But, the researchers noted that “the extent to which black people can make a difference in the lives of their communities and the lives and communities of other racial groups is significantly diminished by the fact that our society does not acknowledge the existence of black power.”
“The number of black Americans incarcerated in our country is the highest in the world, yet our justice system treats black people as if they are invisible and invisible people,” Dr. Davis continued.
“It treats black men, women, and children as less worthy of justice than other people because they are black.”
Dr. Davis’ report noted that the rise in incarceration for black people was the most dramatic of any demographic group.
He also noted that while white people are disproportionately incarcerated for serious crimes, they are also disproportionately incarcerated in low-level drug offenses and domestic violence cases.
According to the report, one of the key factors behind the disproportionate numbers of black people incarcerated in the U.S. is the fact “that black people in America are incarcerated at higher rates than other groups.”
“The reality is that black communities experience the most systemic disparities in the criminal justice system, and there is an enormous need for meaningful racial justice work that is based on justice,” Dr and author of the report Dr. Anthony A. Williams said in a statement.
“The vast majority of black lives are not considered worth fighting for.”
According a survey conducted by the Center for American Progress, black people are more likely than white people to be arrested, convicted, or imprisoned for nonviolent drug offenses.
The study also found that “black people experience more racial bias in the legal system and that black Americans are incarcerated disproportionately for nonviolent crimes.”
However, Dr Williams stressed that his research does not prove that the incarceration rate is due to racial bias.
“[My findings] do not provide an excuse for the disproportionate incarceration of black individuals,” he said.
“But they do highlight the disparities and the inequities that persist across the country in how people of color are treated, and the impact of that on our communities.
I am hopeful that this research will encourage more of us to act in our communities to end racial injustice.”