In harsher words, poor. As Emily Badger reports in the Washington Post, "The poverty that poor African-Americans experience is often different from the poverty of poor whites." Inequality is still an issue in today’s society much as it was a long time ago. Poverty exists, and it does in black communities more than white communities. Badger states the differences between black is, “It’s more isolating and concentrated.
History shows that slavery consisted of African Americans being treated inferior to whites. Slaves were mostly African Americans and even though today slavery is over people still look at blacks as less important than whites. Slavery has impacted our society today because people are still prejudice and discriminatory towards African Americans, they are still living in poverty and don’t have proper education and they don’t have an equal opportunity for jobs. Still today African Americans continue to lag behind whites. In our past history, African Americans were slaves and were viewed as less important than whites.
While the industry says that they are trying to improve representation results are yet to be seen as like in American Horror Story most media consists of a white dominated cast and a “token” black character. This can have detrimental consequences in terms of how black children will see themselves and perceive that their skin tone
Racism and prejudice against African Americans in the United States can be found many years before the institution of slavery was legally defined in any state or federal law. Historical documents reveal that almost a half a century before slavery delineated by law, racism against colored people was apparent. Although some modern historians may argue that racism was a result of the clear-cut slavery codes, according to author Carl N. Degler, “if one examines the early history of slavery in the English colonies and the reaction of Englishmen toward black people, it becomes evident that the assumption slavery is responsible for the low social status of Negros is open to question” (29). Slavery did not precede racism. Rather, legal slavery helped discrimination against African-Americans perpetuate and flourish from the 17th to the 19th century.
From Segregation to Racism During the 20th century there was segregation and racism in the United States. Many people believe these times are over but there is still an extreme amount of racism going on in the country today. During the 1900’s, leaders of all races (Black, Hispanics and whites) were fighting for equality. The majority of the black population was fighting for civil rights,better education, anti-lynching laws and equal opportunities. Jim crow laws, The KKK, and the horrible treatment towards minorities led to the continuance of racism in the country.
In recent discussions of racism within American society, a controversial issue has been whether racism is a permanent facet in today’s society. On one hand Derrick Bell, a prominent African American scholar , feels that the legacy of slavery has left a significant portion on the race “with life-long poverty and soul-devastating despair “. Bell also believes that slavery will continue to have an impact on countless African Americans day in and day out. Consider the 5.7 unemployment rate gap between blacks and whites, which was reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014. The disparity of the unemployment rate has been a problem since the 1960s and 70s, when the unemployment rate for blacks was 2.5 times the rates for whites.
In Invisible Man, Ellison depicts racial labels as a barrier to an individual’s identity. Ellison states that racism is a tool of oppression used by individuals to diminish or denigrate a group of people in society. A group of people can be discriminated based on their gender, color, religion, ethnicity, and beliefs. In Sandler’s study, he states that 88 percent of African Americans in the United States are discriminated socially and economically (Sandler). In the United States of America, African Americans are considered a minority due to their low social status in society.
The last major deterrent of the Negro community from a successful societal presence in America is the sad state of segregated housing. About fifty percent of Negro Americans are in the middle class, however many members of that middle class are living right in the ghettos next to the Negro Americans who are in a perpetual state of deterioration. The reason for this confinement is because white families did not accept Negro families living next to them, across them, or even in the same vicinity as them. Negro housing communities are miles away from white communities and were undersized compared to white communities, so even when middle class Negro Americans have the means to leave certain Negro communities, they do not have the power, the are stuck between a white community and a hard place.
African americans are widely viewed as uneducated and poor. This stereotype came about due to the staggering amount of poor african americans compared to white americans. People made the assumption that if the african americans were poor they were unable to obtain an education therefore they are also uneducated. Emily Badger from the Washington post states “The poverty that poor African Americans experience is often different from the poverty of poor whites. It 's more isolating and concentrated.
Jobless rates for Whites, however are roughly half that of Blacks. This is a result of both explicit discrimination and occupational segregation. Occupational segregation is also a driving force behind the disparity of income rates. African Americans tend to live in neighbourhoods where the median income is only 70 percent that of Whites. While there are integrated communities the harsh reality is that, “the black middle class overall remains as segregated from Whites as the black poor.” Decades of housing segregation have trapped blacks in jobless areas with understaffed schools which is a common generator of the economic slope of African Americans.