“The world currently sits in an epoch of change, of division, of conflict, of potential re-alignment. More than ever we are in need of saying and hearing: I love you.” –Anne Labovitz
According to a CNN from 2017, 98% of white and non-white people in the USA think prejudice is a very serious or somewhat serious issue, with 66% of nonwhites considering racism very serious alongside 39% of whites. CNN also reported that six in 10 Americans (61%) said racism against blacks is widespread in the United States in a Gallup in August 2016. And an overwhelming 88% of blacks say the country needs to keep making changes for blacks to have equal rights with whites. A small majority (53%) of whites agree with them, according to a Pew Research survey from last June.
According to the FBI, in 2015 law enforcement agencies reported 5,850 hate crimes across the country. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which uses surveys to compile crime rates across the country, 207,880 hate crimes occurred in 2015. Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/07/17/hate-crimes-up-america-10-largest-cities/776721002/ In 2016, there were 6,121 instances of hate crime in the United States, resulting in 7,615 victims of persecution. Source: https://www.statista.com/topics/4178/hate-crimes-in-the-united-states/
Domestic violence is rampant in America and, while men are victims as well, it primarily happens to women. At the even more horrendous end of it, at least three women are murdered every day by their boyfriend or husband. According to the National Women's Law Center, in 2017 one in eight women in the U.S. lived in poverty, at a total of 16.9 million people. The numbers were even higher for single mothers with a little over one in three single mothers living in poverty. Source:https://www.bustle.com/p/7-statistics-about-womens-equality-in-america-that-show-the-fight-is-far-from-over-77336
The United States locks up more people, per capita, than any other nation. More than 2.3 million people are held in Local, federal and state prisons and jails. Every year, 626,000 people walk out of prison gates but people go to jail 10.6 million times a year. Source: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2018.html CNN reported in 2018, that minorities are still overrepresented in the prison population. African Americans comprise only about 12% of the total US population but represent 33% of the federal and state prison population.
More than any previous year on record, and 11.4 million people misused prescription opioids. Sources: https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic/index.html Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. Source: https://www.nih.gov/research-training/medical-research-initiatives/heal-initiative/heal-initiative-research-plan
Since the release of the first State of Mental Health in America report (2015), there has only been a slight decrease in the number of adults who have a mental health condition (from 18.19% to 18.07%) Rate of youth experiencing a mental health condition continues to rise. The rate of youth with Major Depressive Episode (MDE) increased from 11.93% to 12.63%. There was only a 1.5% decrease in the rate of youth with MDE who did receive treatment. Data showed that 62% of youth with MDE received no treatment. Source: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/state-mental-health-americaI
This year, 45,000 Americans will take their lives, and more than 70,000 will die from drug overdoses. Sources: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/ and https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates. According to a recent large-scale survey from the health care provider Cigna, most Americans suffer from strong feelings of loneliness and a lack of significance in their relationships. Nearly half say they sometimes or always feel alone or “left out.” Thirteen percent of Americans say that zero people know them well. The survey, which charts social isolation using a common measure known as the U.C.L.A. Loneliness Scale, shows that loneliness is worse in each successive generation. Source: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8294451-cigna-us-loneliness-survey/docs/IndexReport_1524069371598-173525450.pdf
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