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Midwest Researcher Working to Reduce Inequality

An author and researcher from the Midwest has tips on ending the racial divide. (Michael Carter)
An author and researcher from the Midwest has tips on ending the racial divide. (Michael Carter)
August 31, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – For many minorities, this month’s events in Charlottesville, Va., and the response to them come as no surprise.

Other Americans have interpreted the events as isolated and rare. But a researcher in the Midwest is working to resolve the disconnect and provide tools to reduce inequality.

Jessica Welburn Paige, co-author of "Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel," says white supremacist and Nazi rallies may not be representative of the majority, but there's much more to consider.

"It's easy at moments like this to focus on extremists, to focus on white nationalists, but there are a lot of people that continue in micro- and macro-level ways to do things that support and uphold and sustain racial inequality in the U.S," she stresses.

Because of a state law enacted in 2003 to monitor racial bias, all Illinois law enforcement agencies have to collect and submit traffic stop data until July 1, 2019.

Welburn Paige says the people who are unaware of the predominance of racial inequality have the facts available at their fingertips.

"Google quickly 'black-white incarceration rates' and find the disparities or the differences in incarceration rates in your state within seconds,” she states. “If you don't know, it's so easy to start becoming informed."

Welburn Paige says she has reams of study respondents' accounts of racial inequality in their daily lives. She says she has days in which she's not convinced that even friends and allies are truly committed to creating change.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - IL