Fostering Alternatives to Drug Enforcement (FADE)
For more than thirty years America’s “War on Drugs” has had a devastating impact on Black families and communities across the country. Durham, NC is no exception.
Recent studies found that Marijuana use is virtually the same across the board for all communities. Yet Durham’s drug crime, prison population is 6.4% white, 29.1% Latino and 65.1% black.
Black people make up 41% of the Durham NC population. Of all motorist searches over the past 5 years the following % were Black
2013: 82.93% (current through July)
SpiritHouse is working, as a coalition member of FADE, to create community-driven solutions that will end racial disparities and racial profiling and in all Durham neighborhoods.
The State of Black Youth in Durham
On April 16, 2013 Action For Children’s Services of Legal Aide of North Carolina filed a title VI complaint against Durham Public Schools for serious racial disparities in its suspension rates.
In 2011-2012 black students make up 51.5% of the student population, 78.4% Short-Term suspensions and 77.0% Long term suspensions
White students make up 20.6% of the student population 5.3% of short-term suspensions and 8.2% of long-term suspensions
Similar disparities exist in the achievement rates of black and to white students in Durham The DPS 2011-2012 NC School Report Card reflects that only 47.3% of black students passed both the Reading and Math ABC’s End-of-Grade Test as opposed to 82.5% of white students. Results were similar on the ABC’s End of Course Tests: 67.1% for blacks as opposed to 93.5% for whites
SpiritHouse is working with impacted students, families concerned residents and organizations to create community-driven, culturally competent solutions that will end racial disparities within Durham Public Schools.