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Kristof: U.S. Imprisons Blacks at Rates Higher than South Africa During Apartheid

Black demonstrators cower from police dog during troubles at Guguletu township, near Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday, August 12, 1976. Members of this police dog unit used tear dogs and 12 dogs to drive a crowd of some 3,000 blacks from Guguletu police station. (AP Photo)
Black demonstrators cower from police dog during troubles at Guguletu township, near Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday, August 12, 1976. Members of this police dog unit used tear dogs and 12 dogs to drive a crowd of some 3,000 blacks from Guguletu police station. (AP Photo)

 

(Politifact) – The primary debate over race in this country seems to be whether the country needs to have a debate at all. Polls show white and black Americans have markedly different views of where the problems lie.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has written a series of articles called “When whites just don’t get it.” Kristof applauded the progress in race equality America has achieved, but he basically argued that whites don’t know what life is like for blacks, and he presented many stats to show that great inequality remains.

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show aired video of Kristof making his case Dec. 4.

“The United States right now incarcerates more African-Americans as a percentage than apartheid South Africa did,” Kristof said in the clip.

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