In the 1960's, blacks, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., fought for their civil
rights and equal opportunities. Although they had only been out of slavery for
less than a century, they felt the time was way past due for them to receive the
same treatment as other American citizens. Our people struggled to receive
decent education programs for their youth for the right to earn a decent living,
and to receive respect from other racial groups. Fortunately for our generation,
their fight ended in victory. However, 30 years later, despite the progress
made then, our community does not seem to have kept up with our ancestor's rate
of self-improvement. Not only are blacks still disrespected by other races,
problems also plague us such as poverty, drugs, and miseducation. To make
matters even worse, we also have a serious lack of unity. Some of us feel as
though it is not our responsibility to help other blacks when they are in need.
Another major problem is the existence of racism. This negative attitude leads
to many physical and psychological problems within the black community.
Therefore, lack of unity within the black community and the effects of racism
are two major factors when contribute to the slow progress of black people.
Before the Civil Rights movement racism was so blatant that not knowing it
existed would have been difficult. Presently, it is so subtle that some argue
we cannot blame racism for our problems. Unfortunately, they are wrong. The
effects of racism can be seen in the segregation of our neighborhoods and in our
high unemployment rates. White people want to keep their contact with us to a
minimum. In 1991, USA Today reported that the 1990 census "concluded that 'the
majority of the nation's 30 million black people are as segregated now as they
were . . . in the '60s' " (Smith 104). This proves that although some blacks'
incomes have increased, they... [continues]
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