African Americans Discrimination Essay

2819 Words Jan 1st, 2012 12 Pages
Discrimination and Poverty in African Americans

Abstract
Discrimination and poverty are problems that many are currently facing in the United States. African Americans in particular are the most affected by discrimination and poverty. Currently the economic status of African Americans in the United States is 56 percent of that of Whites when comparing income, unemployment, homeownership, business ownership, median net worth and poverty rates. As Malcolm Gladwell discusses in “Black Like Them” (1996) African Americans are seen as lazy people and they are therefore blamed for their own fate. This research investigates if discrimination reduces job and educational opportunities for African Americans. It was found that African Americans
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Overall, the economic status of African Americans will continue to be compromised until they are able to secure an education, and until they are trusted and given the chance to compete for good paying jobs in the labor market. New York Senator Charles Schumer addressed Black male unemployment and demanded for a new effort to fix the growing problem. An article published this year in the New York Times “Plight Deepens for Black Men” (2006) stated that in the year 2000 sixty-five percent of Black high school drop out males in their 20's were unemployed, and by 2004, that figure grew to 72 percent. Schumer said, “This crisis is profound, persistent and perplexing”
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