The racial disparities in politics and entertainment often overshadow those of academics. To shift the focus to academics, this infographic zeroes in on one of the highest forms of academic recognition—the Nobel Prize. In a society riddled with little to no minority representation in media and academics, this infographic brings to life the recognition of underrepresented racial groups.
As of 2017, only 107 minority (non-white or Caucasian) individuals had been awarded with a Nobel Prize out of the 911 lauretes. Of those, 47 were of Asian descent, 14 of African, 25 of Hispanic / Latino, and 21 of Middle Eastern.
Across the six Nobel Prize categories, minorities had scattered winnings, but a staggering 35 of them were given the Nobel Prize for peace.
The infographic then juxtaposes Peace prize winners alongside civil rights movements that have occured around the world. As civil rights movements geared towards broadening rights and respect for people of color multiplied, more and more people of color won the coveted Nobel Peace Prize.