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Majority Of African-Americans In Houston Feel Criminal Justice System Is Biased

There’s been an ongoing national conversation about race, discrimination and justice sparked by the recent high profile killings of black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Here in Houston, a majority of the African-American community feels that there’s a bias against them in the criminal justice system. That’s according to the latest survey […]

Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

There’s been an ongoing national conversation about race, discrimination and justice sparked by the recent high profile killings of black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.

Here in Houston, a majority of the African-American community feels that there’s a bias against them in the criminal justice system. That’s according to the latest survey from the Kinder Institute at Rice University.

Dr. Stephen Klineberg is the principal investigator on the report on Houston’s black community. His research showed that 78 percent of African-Americans felt their ethnic group was often discriminated against, but younger generations felt that prejudice was less of a barrier for them to advance their station in life. Klineberg also noted that African-Americans have a strong racial solidarity which extends beyond class boundaries.

He sat down with News 88.7’s Syeda Hasan to discuss in more detail what his research found.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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