Discriminatory Policing

Black Bostonians made up 70% of all police stops in 2019, even though they're less than a quarter of the city's population.
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AAPI Hate Crimes

Stop AAPI Hate reported 96 AAPI hate incidents in Boston between March and February 2021 alone, among the highest in the nation.
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Mass Incarceration

Black Massachusetts residents are incarcerated at nearly 8 times the rate of their white counterparts.
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Race Wealth Gap

The net worth of Black Bostonians is $8, while the net worth of White Bostonians is $247,000.   
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Discriminatory Contracting

In Boston, black-owned businesses received only 0.4% of total Boston City Contract spending.
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