If you live in Jacksonville, Florida and happen to be black, the chances of you getting a jay walking ticket vs a white resident are pretty high. That’s because, according to a ProPublica and Florida Times-Union report, blacks in Jacksonville get 55% of the jay walking tickets even though they make up only 30% of the population. That got us thinking; is this a case of walking while black?
Maybe blacks break the jay walking laws more, you might think. That’s not accurate. The report looked into the areas that are affected the most by deaths that could have resulted from jay walking, and the black neighborhoods did not have the highest rates.
Is this a result of black communities being more policed or lacking appropriate infrastructure. Or is this a case of blatant discrimination?
In the video below, one of the writers of the report, Topher Sanders of ProPublica, sits down with Hari Sreenivasan of PBS News Hour for a conversation on this matter.