5 Numbers You Need to Know This Week

Revealing statistics related to today’s trending stories.

Here are some statistics driving major stories around the world this week.

Ferguson

65%

That’s the percentage of African Americans who say the police have gone too far in responding to protests in Ferguson. Among white Americans, the percentage is 33%. (Source: Pew Research Center)

3X

Black Americans are nearly three times more likely to live in poverty than white Americans – a gap that has not changed in 30 years. (Source: Pew Research Center)

7%

Black household wealth is 7% that of white household wealth in America. The gap between white and black household wealth has increased in the last two decades. (Source: Pew Research Center.)

Robin Williams

60%

Kathleen O’Brien reports that Baby Boomer men are 60% more likely to commit suicide than their parents’ generation. (Source: Religion News Service)

Christian Persecution

500,000

That’s the number of Christian Arabs who have been driven out of Syria since its civil war began in 2011. (Source: The New York Times)

For more on Ferguson:

How Are Christian Leaders Tweeting #Ferguson?

The Crucified God in Ferguson

How You Can Help the Churches That Are Helping Ferguson

For more on Robin Williams:

5 Things You Can Do to Help Prevent Suicide

For more on Christian persecution:

Someone Tell the President: Iraqi Christians Are Dying

Images of Christians Feeling Iraq, Persecution Under Isis

Could the Persecuted Church Rescue American Christianity?

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  • Martin Hughes

    in the UK I believe that black people of African origin do even worse than American black people, I think, having about 5% of the household wealth of us Whites, but that will include some very recent immigrants from devastated places like Somalia. Our longer-established Afro-Caribbean population has about 30%. Not so wonderful, is it?