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Report shows African Americans still disadvantaged by racial inequality

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Crowds following Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral procession. Photo: James L. Amos/Corbis via Getty Images

A report released by the Economic Policy Institute shows that there has been no progress for African Americans in comparison to whites regarding employment, homeownership and incarceration since the release of the Kerner Commission in 1968.

By the numbers

  • The unemployment rate for African Americans in 2017 was 7.5% — 0.8 points higher than it was in 1968 (6.7%.) The unemployment rate for whites was 3.8% in 2017 and 3.2% in 1968, per Economic Policy Institute.
  • The share of black households that owned their own home remained virtually unchanged between 1968 (41.1%) and today (41.2%.) Over the same period, homeownership for white households increased 5.2 points to 71.1%, about 30 points higher than the ownership rate for black households, per Economic Policy Institute.
  • In 1968, African Americans were about 5.4 times more likely in prison or jail. Today, African Americans are 6.4 times more likely than whites to be incarcerated, although whites are much more likely to be incarcerated now than they were in 1968, per Economic Policy Institute.
Haley Britzky 4 hours ago
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Russia continues pointing fingers after ex-spy poisoning

Russian President Vladimir Putin poses with medalists of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympic Games
Russian President Vladimir Putin poses with medalists of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympic Games. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov / AFP / Getty Images

It's become relatively understood with world leaders that Russia probably poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal.

The bigger picture: The U.S. has said so, the E.U. recently voiced support for the U.K. in saying so; the only person who won't say is Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Kremlin has "spread a flurry of theories" to explain the nerve-agent attack, with "one common theme: It was anyone but Russia."

Zachary Basu 14 hours ago
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What to watch for in Egypt's sham election

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A billboard in Cairo voicing support for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the upcoming election. Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images.

Egyptians will vote March 26-28 in a presidential election that is sure to see incumbent strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi handily defeat Mousa Mostafa Mousa — the sole challenger who hasn't been jailed or intimidated into dropping out.

The backdrop: Sisi, the former minister of defense and commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, led a military coup to topple President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. He formally came to power in 2014 after winning 96% of the vote in the presidential election, but has since seen his popularity wane under deteriorating economic conditions and an oppressive human rights record.