Baltimore and Baton Rouge, along with other major U.S. cities, share a number of common economic and social conditions, according to a Brookings Institution blog post.
Those include a high level of concentrated poverty and similar black employment rates. Close to 45 percent of Baltimore’s poor live neighborhoods where the poverty rate is 20 percent or higher. In Baton Rouge, close to 54 percent of the poor do. In New Orleans, 62 percent do.
Meanwhile, 57.5 percent of blacks were employed in Baltimore, and 57 percent in Baton Rouge. New Orleans figures were not listed.
The Brookings post says the economic and social context matters greatly in the current discussions about criminal justice policy and police-community relations.
“Yet media coverage has obscured a few key facts about economic and social conditions in Baltimore and other major American cities,” according to Brookings.
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