Violent clashes between black Americans — particularly young black men — and police in cities such as Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, call into question how much progress the United States has really made in fulfilling the promise of equal rights for all Americans. We ask: Which of the following statements about black Americans are true today?
A. Unemployed at twice the rate of white Americans.
B. More likely to leave high school without a diploma.
C. Have significantly less wealth.
D. Far more likely to be victims of serious violent crime.
Recent acts of police brutality in various U.S. states as well as the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday during the Civil Rights Movement have underscored what still needs to be achieved before true equality is reached for African-Americans. We wonder: Which of the following statements are true?
A. There are more African-American men in prison today than there were in slavery at its height.
B. North America was the world’s biggest importer of African slaves.
C. The African-American population is proportionally about the same today as it was just after slavery.
D. African Americans are still discriminated against on voting rights.
In early August, U.S. President Barack Obama will host a summit of African leaders in Washington, D.C. We wonder: Which of the following statements about the state of Africa’s economy are correct?
A. Africa has more than half of the world’s fastest growing economies.
B. Foreign investment in Africa is at a record high.
C. External trade is booming, while internal trade is languishing.
D. Africa’s middle class is growing, but more slowly than the overall economy.
Fifty years ago, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. The landmark law was designed to protect the ability of black Americans to vote, to ensure justice and to improve educational and employment opportunities. We wonder: Which of the following statements about black Americans are true today?
A. They are unemployed at twice the rate of white Americans.
B. They are more likely to leave high school without a diploma.
C. They have significantly less wealth.
D. They are far more likely to be victims of serious violent crime.
Tea has long been one of the world’s most important commodities and has been traded globally for centuries. We wonder: Which country consumes the most tea per capita?
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war” on poverty in his State of the Union address on January 8, 1964. There is still much work to be done — especially among the country’s minority groups. We wonder: Which of the United States’ major racial groups has the highest poverty rate?
Throughout history, few nations have been so radically altered by a single policy decision as China. In 1980, under Deng Xiaoping, it introduced its one-child policy. We wonder: How has this three decade-old policy reshaped China?
Nearly 10.2 million people are currently behind bars in the world’s prisons. While that is just 0.14% of the world population, it is large enough to nearly equal the population of Bolivia, Portugal or the Czech Republic. We wonder: Which country has the highest number of prisoners?
Europe’s social programs are well-known for their generosity. The recent recession, however, has European government’s rethinking the cost of these programs. We wonder: What percentage of world spending on social programs does Europe currently account for?
One ominous way in which China leads the world is in the number of executions it carries out year after year. While government secrecy veils the exact number, China is estimated to have executed thousands of prisoners last year. We wonder: After China, which country carried out the most executions in 2012?