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4 min • 10 June, 2020
Much of the discussion surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement has become highly politicized, and space for the expression of thought and opinion is overloaded. Now is the time for those who have experienced injustice first-hand to tell their stories, and it is our duty to listen, empathize, and understand.
At Gyana, we are passionate in our support for the movement. We were appalled by the story of George Floyd's unjust death, like so many before him, and we proudly stand in support of the Black community.
We believe it is important to use this space to show data-backed evidence, so we intend to break down the data on US police brutality to highlight how the Black community has suffered disproportionately.
Here are 10 charts that highlight just how extensive the injustice is, and why we believe it is our duty to take a stand against the brutality, and to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Despite making up just 29% of the US population, Black and Hispanic people accounted for 43% of these deaths between 2013 and 2019.
On December 10th alone, 9 people were killed by law enforcement officers.
The rate that US police in states including Utah and Oklahoma kill people from the Black community (per 1 million Black residents) exceeds the intentional murder rate (per 1 million residents) in nations such as the UK and France.
98.6% were never even charged with a crime.
Only 0.2% of on-duty officers were convicted for their killings.
Until 2015, the presence of body camera footage was never even recorded.
The harrowing manner of George Floyd's death was unusual, adding extra resonance to an already grim reality for many.
There is a huge variation in how disproportionately affected the Black community is. If some states can get it right, why can't all?
Worse, Black people are killed by the Reno police department at a rate more than twice as high as the Oklahoma City police.
In St. Louis, the police homicide rate is more than 5x higher than the murder rate.
We implore you to become involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. Whatever or however you can contribute will go some way to the deconstruction of this systemic oppression.