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.



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)


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)


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


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


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:

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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?