The Visualizing Justice project commenced in 2020, as the United States experienced widespread protests against racial injustice following the murder of George Floyd. To confront the extent of violence perpetuated in the United States against Black people, we started the project by mapping police killings. We drew on data from The Mapping Police Violence team, who have documented police killings since 2013. The video above represents each person killed by police from 2013 to 2020 as a point on a map corresponding to their location and known race. We also mapped whether police were using body cameras at the time of the killing, and whether any police were charged in relation to the death.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Prisoners overwhelmingly lose their right to vote and face discrimination in employment, access to housing, loans, and welfare. Within this reality, Black Americans are disproportionately over-represented. Today, American legal institutions legislate against racial discrimination and increasingly identify and charge criminals using impartial technologies.
Black people in the United States consistently experience poorer health outcomes compared to other groups. This however extends beyond mortality rates for preventable diseases and intertwines with social and environmental inequalities that Black communities commonly face.The Visualizing Justice project sought to uncover some of the links between physical ill-health and these forms of structural inequality.
In America today, large metropolitan areas display higher levels of racial segregation than they did in the early 90s, and the rate of homeownership among Black people has barely risen since the 70s. Racial segregation in housing and low rates of home ownership have led to generational wealth inequalities. To understand and move beyond these disparities, the Visualizing Justice project examined the long history of structural racism in the US property market and its ongoing legacy today.
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UCLA ANTHROPOLOGY | LOS ANGELES
CC-12 | 2022 | Data Visualization + Research + Editing
The Visualizing Justice project is a sequence of animated data visualizations that reveal the social, political, and historical contexts in which racial injustice occurs in the United States. Each film; Unfreedom, Health, and Housing, combines media artifacts and original data visualizations to depict deeply-rooted injustices that are often invisible to contemporary legal processes. Inferstudio collaborated on this project with anthropologists and legal experts.
The project was funded by the UCLA TRAG grant program.
For more information, visit the project page here: https://visualizingjustice.com/
Project Collaborators (Alphabetical)
Jennifer Burrell, Kamari Clarke (PI), Bethany Edgoose, Sara Kendall, Nathan Su, Nawi Ukabiala
Bethany Edgoose + Nathan Su
Jazmin High, Andrea Sobko
Voice Over Narration
Nawi Ukabiala + Kamari Clarke