“Driving while black” isn’t a myth. It’s a real phenomenon that shows how racial profiling leads to black men and women getting pulled over by cops at alarming rates.
It’s been evident for decades, most recently in the cases of Sandra Bland and Philando Castile. A new infographic from Now Sourcing, an infographic design agency, shows ― thanks to data collected from the government, various independent organizations and articles ― just how staggering the numbers are for black and Hispanic drivers compared to white drivers.
The graphic shows that 6.3 percent of black drivers and 6.6 percent of Hispanic drivers who were pulled over had their cars searched, while the same is true for only 2.3 percent of white drivers. It also shows that among ticketed drivers, black people were the least likely to say that police behaved properly during their interaction (81.1 percent).
Take a look at the numbers below.
In order to prevent more unjust traffic stops, which can lead to deadly situations, we must acknowledge the different experiences drivers of color have and what these numbers say about racial inequality in policing.