On the anniversary of the January 6th Insurrection, more than just remembering the day, let’s talk about the systemic bias we witnessed. Let’s discuss what we asked ourselves while we watched in disbelief: What If They Were Black? Purchase one of our “If They Were Black” shirts to donate to Courageous Conversation® Global Foundation.
Black Americans are 2x more likely to be arrested than White Americans.
Black people are nearly 5x more likely to be imprisoned than are White Americans.
Sentences for Black male offenders are 19% longer for the same crimes.
Black people make up 48% of those serving life sentences despite Black people’s making up only 13% of the US population.
Black people are 3x more likely
to be killed by police.
The stats confirm how we felt. Black people would have received a much harsher treatment. So we created these shirts to illustrate what might have happened.
Let’s have a conversation and change the facts.
We partnered with artists to create re-imagined RIP shirts to highlight the actions of the Jan. 6 insurrectionists and how Black people would likely not have received the same treatment.
The privileged treatment of the January 6th insurrectionists wasn’t an isolated incident. This was another example of the different ways white citizens are treated versus Black citizens in America in the criminal justice system.
To help us end bias against Black Americans in the criminal justice system, call (202) 224 – 3121 and ask your senators to support the First Step Implementation Act. This act will implement major sentencing reforms, allow people serving juvenile sentences a chance to file for a reduced sentence, and more.