Never-Ending Negative Statistics For Blacks, But Why?
- Blacks make up only 13.6 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 50.3 percent of all diagnosed cases of HIV.
- The wealth disparity between white and black households has more than quadrupled, regardless of income bracket.
- 72 percent of black mothers are unwed which eclipses that of most other groups.
- Nearly half of the nation’s African American students attend high schools in low-income areas with dropout rates in the 40-50 percent range, more so than any other race.
- Fewer than half of the black students who enroll in college graduate from four-year institutions within six years.
- The racial composition of the US prison and jail population is 60.21 percent Black, 20.29 percent Hispanic, 13.44 percent White, and 6.06 percent Other.
- 24.7 percent of all African-American live in poverty in comparison to 8.6 percent of White, 11.8 percent of all Asian-American and 23.2 percent of all Hispanic.
- Black women and men have much higher coronary heart disease (CHD) death rates in the 45–74 age group than women and men of other races.
- Black youth make up 16 percent of public school students and 9 percent of private school students in grades K–12 nationwide but account for 35 percent of in-school suspensions.
O.K. Enough Already, I think You Get The Picture!
Blacks more than any other race are constantly on the negative side of stats and is it just by coincidence whites statistics are always much better? What's up with that man, if we're all Americans shouldn't our stats be the same?
You would think so. What's going on, inquiring minds want to know?
Well you don't have to be a genius to figure it out but one thing you will need is an imagination.
An American Fantasy - Please Imagine For a Minute
Early Europeans who were renowned for their shipbuilding capabilities often traveled around the world for trading purposes and in search of new adventures. One of their journeys took them to the beautiful continent of Africa where they encountered a people who were black in color and trapped in time.
The Sahara Desert which slowly grew over the years presented a humongous roadblock which restricted these Africans from venturing out to experience the marvels of Natural Philosophy and Science the rest of the world were experiencing which made whites much smarter than African blacks.These Europeans felt bad for the Africans because they were not taking advantage of these new discoveries.
The Europeans had heard about a New World (America) in progress that needed many helpers and politely asked the Africans if they wanted to be a a part of it. The majority of Africans happily accepted the Europeans invitation and joyously boarded ships for the voyage across the dangerous Atlantic ocean for their new life as immigrants in America. Africans were ecstatic at the opportunity in becoming American citizens and were thankful to the Europeans for using their advanced knowledge of learning and education as tools of love instead of tools for hate.
Upon arrival the Africans noticed many different tongues and cultures of peoples who were working towards the same goal which was to make America stronger and also to enrich their own lives. It was amazing how people were now able to actually own their own property, an opportunity that was rare for most unless you were born into wealth. This was a common thread that bonded the races together. There were many flares ups between cultures but in the end they would always remember they were Americans which would trump all debates and arguments.
Africans took pride and honor alongside other immigrants in making America stronger and carving out their slice of American pie. They all worked very hard. It was marvelous foresight of the early forefathers to understand that a people united is more powerful than divided. They figured it would be a much happier America if all were civilized and intelligent.
In time a little of each culture was blended to form a unique American culture. Christmas trees used for celebrating Christmas came from the Germans, Apple pie which everyone loved orinated with the English, Saint Patricks Day would become a favorite American holiday thanks to the Irish, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican would contribute to American culture with different foods and customs, Africans contributed with dance and song that everyone grooved too. There were also countless other contributions from other cultures that blended into one which made America great and admired from all over the world.
Everyone got along, tolerated and helped each other and when problems did arise they relied on American law which was clothed with justice, fairness and liberty to quickly settle all disputes because the immigrants unanimously believed in her. All would attend school together, eat together, work together, laugh together and cry together as united Americans. The world was paying close attention to this great experiment and was astounded and envious of America for truly being a land of sweet justice and liberty for all. In fact, the world was jealous.
It seemed like just a short time ago Africans were hunting food in the bush, practicing withcraft and all kinds of superstitious beliefs. But thanks to American culture they learned to put those foolish things away. They learned how to work for a paycheck, saving money to send their kids to college, the importance of good business practices, taking care of household responsibilties like paying their rent every month which was quite different than tribal living. They learned these things and much more from their white American brothers who were happy to assist them.
All American immigrants supported each other, learned from each other and looked at each other as brothers and would seriously harm foreigners who tried to break up their precious brotherhood. All immigrants excelled and achieved like crazy and were elated to be a part of this happy and smiling melting pot of colorless humanity.
Now let's be totally honest
In your minds eye in the fantasy world described above, how many blacks do you see as unwed mothers, drop-outs from school, trouble makers, violent, promiscuous, acting up, thieves, etc? My answer would be very few and if there were some it wouldn't be anymore or less than the other immigrants. Don't you agree?
The above scenario was 100% possible, but didn't happen that way and is a complete fantasy. Instead of living up to the true meaning of justice and liberty it boasted, America gave only certain members privileges and even went beyond that with hate and exclusion practiced on a daily basis until the Civil Rights movement of the 60s against the black ones.
Blacks didn't create the document America was founded on which was the Declaration of Independence "that all men are created equal" It was the English who did so. Blacks had to love it when this proclamation was made because it became the foundation for our own fight for justice in America. Blacks forced America to be honest with itself and to this day stands alone in doing so.
So it becomes a simple matter of deduction. If Blacks were not shown the positive brotherhood mentioned above it must mean they were shown the opposite which is hate and exclusion (racism) which is why African Americans today are always on the negative side of stats because they would not have been on the negative side of the stats in our fantasy story, but would have lived a wonderful life as happy and emotionally secure Americans.
But don't get it wrong, blacks assist in many of these bad stats and that's because many of us are in a negative and self-hating frame of mind caused by years of exclusion and racism. The above fantasy is not going to happen so we must improvise and understand the importance of sticking and working together among our own.
Sadly, we feel since our victories with the Civil Rights movement we don't have to fight any longer which results in our self-hating condition recycling itself almost like we're waiting for a super-hero to come along and make it better, but the truth is we have to make it better. Nobody is going to do it for us. There is much work to be done. MLK passed the baton to us and so far we are not running with it.
What can be done?
Many of us want to be accepted so badly by fellow white Americans that we lose sight of the FACT it's simply not possible in our country. But it doesn't mean we can't live together in peace. We must remember it will always be European culture versus African culture in white America's eyes even from the beginning. Former slaves were supposed to be a temporary solution to America's labor shortage but it didn't turn out that way and became a long term problem. It's a fact that if it were possible to murder all blacks in America it would have been done.
Consider a statement by popular President Teddy Roosevelt and keep in mind America loved this president very much, even putting his image on Mount Rushmore that still stands today.
"I have not been able to think out any solution of the terrible problem offered by the presence of the Negro on this continent, but of one thing I am sure, and that is that inasmuch as he is here and can neither be killed nor driven away, the only wise and honorable and Christian thing to do is to treat each black man and each white man strictly on his merits as a man, giving him no more and no less than he shows himself worthy to have."
How did Teddy feel about other races?
"I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn't like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth. The most vicious cowboy has more moral principle than the average Indian. Turn three hundred low families of New York into New Jersey, support them for fifty years in vicious idleness, and you will have some idea of what the Indians are. Reckless, revengeful, fiendishly cruel, they rob and murder, not the cowboys, who can take care of themselves, but the defenseless, lone settlers on the plains."
Teddy had a scant few good moments with his leadership skills but for the most part he was a partial leader of white Americans, not black. He ignored many black issues, like the lynchings of innocent blacks without punishment and fair educational opportunities for all. These comments were made many years ago but would the people of our times associate themselves with Roosevelt's statements, Yea or Nay?
Since freedom from slavery whites look at the race situation differently than blacks which is hard for many of us to understand. For them it's either white supremacy or black surpremacy. It was never a consideration of American brotherhood between our races and never will be. Whites to this day understand their rich history in learning and education was better and this is what sets them apart from us and how they live and view life.
Blacks on the other hand are more American than whites in the true sense of the word because they feel that we should all be united in sincere and true brotherhood. This is the reason we are constantly begging whites for approval and acceptance. But that's not gonna happen. So stop trying, Get It? Go on and be the best American you can be. Many brave black soldiers have died in your behalf starting in the Revolutionary war so you could accomplish this.
Look at it this way. We are bascially two different families living in the same household. Our opportunities are limited under this household but not impossible to achieve like it was before the Civil Rights movement. The blame shifts to us for not making the most of our lives and helping our own achieve.
Other races like the Asians understand this and achieve and help their own. Asians are among the smartest groups in America but how often do you see them on television, in the news or at typical American events enjoying American culture and if you do it's certaintly not in proportion to the Asian population in America. Foreigners watching from the outside would think we didn't have an Asian population at all. When we say the word America we automatically see a privileged white face. Too much time has passed for it still to be this way.
Sadly, America is built on a foundation of hate and exclusion with complete absense of mea culpa by whites. The American fantasy mentioned above is just too lofty for most to live by. There has never been a government in mankinds history where all cultures and races lived together in peace and harmony. America was bold in attempting to be the first but sadly failed this Great Experiment horribly. It sounds corny but without love it was impossible to accomplish.
But will that hold us back from achieving?
No it won't because we now have law on our side which is something our African American forefathers didn't enjoy in the early days. We don't need approval from anyone and must break free from the slave frame of mind. We can boldy take what belongs to us as human beings with human rights through brain power with education and learning to uplift our own people and teach the weaker ones how important it is for us as a group to excel and thrive in America alongside other races.
Blacks tend to work separate, but we must do this together. At one time in our American history it was Shame on You, but the situation has reversed itself and if we don't unite and help oureslves it becomes Shame on Us.