African Americans And African American Culture

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Based on my life experiences, the characteristics described by McNamara and Burns (2009) were essentially consistent with my experiences and perception of the African American culture. One common characteristic is that African Americans are much more likely to live in poverty and poverty stricken areas than White Americans (McNamara & Burns, 2009). What I have learned it is not as simple as African Americans are poorer than White Americans. While the statement is true, it is simplistic. There are many reasons and. causes for the disparity in wealth and income between African Americans and White American. One explanation given by McNamara and Burns (2009) is that African Americans lived in slavery for over two centuries in what is now the United States. This is one cause, but to rely on this as the reason for the disparity is simplistic. Slavery was outlawed only to be replaced by discrimination against African Americans (McNamara & Burns, 2009). While the law changed, the attitudes of people did not. No law can force how a person thinks. The attitudes of White Americans continued to see African Americans are having less rights than White Americans (Williams, n.d.). This was especially true in the South where in the majority of the states slavery was legal (McNamara & Burns, 2009). The attitudes and discrimination are still evident today in all areas of life. The criminal justice system purports to be color blind when it comes to the administration of justice,

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