Racism In African Americans

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The United States is known as the land of the free and the home of the brave, but when confronted with truth, freedom is questioned. In the American history books there is little to no diversity in the political community. It appears as though politicians are predominantly white rich men. The African American community has suffered at the hands of those corrupted with power. One of the biggest factors that have aided these oppressors is racism. Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics specific to that race, especially to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. In this case African Americans have been held to a cultural bias in the United States, this has caused African Americans to …show more content…
Socioeconomic status is another key reason for the injustice that plagues the African American community, and leaves them open to police brutality. According to Dr. West,an American philosopher, social activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America, 1% of the population owned 21% of the wealth, but today 1% of the population is owns 43% of the wealth, meaning that “there is a massive redistribution from poor and working people to 1%” making the gap between the social classes wider. With the gap widening between the poor and the rich this leaves less opportunity for the lower class to rise to the upper class. Those who are rich only gain wealth while the poor remain in the lower class. Not only do these Isms affect African Americans, but minorities in general. In Chicago, long maligned for its high rates of intraracial murder, members of the community created the Violence Interrupters to disrupt violent altercations before they escalate. However, those who insist on talking about black-on-black crime frequently fail to acknowledge that most crime is intraracial. In the article it states, “Ninety-three percent of black murder victims are killed by other black people. Eighty-four percent of white murder victims are killed by other white people.” This quote shows that there is a continued focus on black-on-black crime and this a diversionary tactic. Its goal is to suggest that African Americans do not have the right to be outraged about police violence in vulnerable black communities, because those communities have a crime problem. The Black Lives Matter movement acknowledges the crime problem, but it refuses to state that crime problem as a problem of black pathology. Black people are not inherently more violent or more prone to crime than other groups. However, black people are

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