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America’s Past Still Taking a Major Toll on Black Americans’ Futures

european slaveryAmerica’s history of economic exploitation is still taking a major toll on Black Americans who are struggling to overcome years of slavery, segregation and racism.

Many Americans have bought into the false dreams that racism no longer thrives in America. Even if they do believe racism still exists, many people assume it is not a massive problem – but recent events have shown it most certainly is.

From the police officer who took Eric Garner’s life in New York City in July after he put the father in a chokehold to the militarization of police in Ferguson, Missouri, after protesters pushed for answers in the killing of Michael Brown.

Brown was the 18-year-old high school graduate who was fatally shot multiple times last month by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The systematic racism that has left the city of St. Louis in the top 10 ranking of the most segregated cities in America can’t be ignored simply because there is an African-American family in the White House or because Black celebrities are now able to reach diverse audiences.

The fact that we now have African-American CEOs and Black spokespeople does not rewrite the type of media framing that describes Wilson as a “simple man” and Brown as “no angel.”

For years, many Americans have been turning a blind eye to the deeper roots of racism that have a tight grasp on many Black Americans.

Even the educational system seems to be failing Black students.

Dozens of predominantly Black schools in Chicago, New Orleans and Newark, N.J., are being forced to close their doors for good thanks to severe budget cuts.

Ferguson, St. Louis still segregatedThe same racism that plagued Blacks back in the 17th century is still haunting them and poisoning the educational systems, housing markets, politics and more today.

As an article in the Los Angeles Times explains, “From the arrival of the first slaves in the 17th century until emancipation in the 1860s, most blacks not only had no economic opportunities, the fruits of their very hard labor were stolen from them by their slave masters.”

Even after enslaved men and women were granted freedom, brutal treatment from racists and marginalization not only robbed them of land and opportunity but it created a reality where economic advancement was nearly impossible to obtain.

“The extreme damage done to community life, however, is all too obvious,” said LA Times political commentator David Horsey. “It is the same damage evidenced in any poor community, but compounded by generations of neglect: poor health, undermined family structures, inadequate education, underemployment, crime, addiction, incarceration and social alienation.”

Black and white Americans share responsibility for the way Black Americans are struggling to create a positive future while fighting off America’s dark past.

Black Americans will have to work to break the cycles of violence in their own communities and make education a priority while uplifting family values.

White Americans will need to realize that this isn’t just Black America’s problem – it is simply America’s problem and America will have to be a part of the solution.

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4 thoughts on “America’s Past Still Taking a Major Toll on Black Americans’ Futures

  1. What specific genetic markers/traits/alleles are to blame?

  2. You are definitely the laziest troll I've encountered on this site. And yet so pleasingly smug with your own response…
    I understand your religion teaches you that no other race or ethnicity is as perfect as the one that you're trained to worship.

  3. Sorry to get you so worked up that you had to resort to name calling. Is this what happens when you can't provide evidence that it is "black DNA" that causes all the problems among black folks in the US? It seems that you're more inclined to "think" more from an emotional perspective as opposed to a rational one. Most evidence shows a tendency towards collectivization and tribalism in almost forms of life that currently exists on this planet today. Don't you think the post-renaissance idea of a "white race" is because of tribalism? Poles, Slavs, and Irish weren't always considered white. Why do you think that is? What was the purpose of slave laws, black codes, Jim Crow and other repressive measures in the US if not to serve economic and tribalist reasons? What countries tried to revolutionize collectivization as an economic system?

    There were psychological, physical and economic pressures exerted on black people in this part of the world for centuries. Don't you think that could be responsible for all the self hate in many black people today? I suppose IF you are religious minded and follow the Church of White Supremacy then all you need is the one magical answer: Black people are just like that by nature.

  4. Nicholas Lasane says:

    it's just us not taking advantage of what great black people did for us in the 60's and 70's,back then we would fight for our rights and education and know our laws,but since then we got sucked into the false American dream. Instead of taking advantage of what we are born with we sat back and let other people from other countries and other races take the real dream MLK and etc fought for,not just equal rights but the chance to show the world we are one as a people and we have value in us as a hold that is X10 greater than one stand out or a group of them,over the last 40 years we have taken a huge steps back in the dream,until we make a real change in my this ignorant act we happen over and over again. The dream still can happen but we have to wake the hell up.

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