The Issues Of The African Americans

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Do you know the struggles and obstacles we face being Black in America? How can you justify being followed around a store while constantly being harassed by questions? I myself and millions of other African Americans face this dilemma on a daily basis. This paper will effectively document the occurrences African Americans face daily as well as provide ways to positively impact my community. 2016 was a very arduous year for blacks in America. Firstly, it is important to recognize the link between poverty and the lack of jobs. Sadly, as we lose jobs the black poverty rate increases. On the other hand, when there is strong job growth the black poverty rate decreases. A recent study by Pew Economic Mobility Project shows that a large…show more content…
The unemployment rate is 8.8 percent, that’s double the rate for whites (4.3%), and is actually closer to the nine percent unemployment rates whites experienced in the depths of the recession. Many people think that educational system is the biggest blame for unemployment. The Economic Policy Institute data chart from 2015 shows that a higher percentage of white Americans obtain college degrees (41%), compared to the black’s population (22%). Notable research from Valerie Wilson, an Economist at EPI, shows African Americans that acquire the same level of education as white will not advance high enough to surpass certain races in the corporate world. Thus leaving us to drown our problems through drugs. Is it a coincidence drugs happen to be found mostly in African American communities? I 'd say no. According to Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow” she explains how the war or drugs was created in the beginning of the civil rights movement to criminalize African Americans. Although consumption and distribution are amongst all races, people of color are more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and incarcerated for drug law violations than whites. Moreover, higher arrest and incarceration rates for African Americans are not because of the consumption and distribution of drugs, but because the law enforcement targets black communities. The war on drugs discourages young black men from
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