6000 Pounds of Social Justice

The Broken Obelisk, a sculpture designed by Barnett Newman, is set in a reflecting pool on the grounds of the Rothko Chapel near the building that houses the Menil Collection in downtown Houston. This sculpture represents the Rothko Chapel’s “commitment to human rights and social justice” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “a great man whose life and ministry embodies the values of this sacred institution.” Incarceration rates, police killings of minority populations, poverty levels, living wages, homelessness, health insurance rates, housing affordability, graduation rates, and race and ethnicity equity/disparity are among the pressing social justice issues facing and weakening our beloved country. Using 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data, assess the state of social justice in Texas. Use basic statistical measures of central tendency and dispersion, compare Texas to some of the strongest states in terms of social justice and equity, like Vermont, and Massachusetts, and to some of the weakest states including Louisiana and Mississippi. Compare individual measures, like those suggested above, or create your own index of social justice.

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