1. As I engaged in watching the video "Young, Black and Male in New Orleans” several social issues was addressed. First, one of the issues is the significant gap in poverty among minorities and whites, specifically African Americans. African American is two to three times more likely to be poor then white children. Furthermore, black children are more than seven times more likely to spend more than half of their childhood years in poverty.
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(Michelle Alexander, 2010:58) The three strikes law targeted the communities affluent with minority groups. At the turn of the 21st century the majority that entered the prison system were African Americans and Latinos. (Michelle Alexander, 2010) The reason behind mass incarceration was due to the crack down on the deteriorating communities where the majority of minorities lived. Authors Scott Ehlers, Vincent Schiraldi and Jason Ziedenberg of Still Striking Out: Ten Years of California’s Three Strikes (2004) report that African Americans in prison because of the three strike law is higher per every 100,000 African American than Whites and Latinos in California. (U.S. Census Bureau
Years of potential life lost is a calculation of the “weighted total of the number of deaths by age, with the weight for each age determined by the particular method of valuing potential remaining years of life (Gardner, J. and Sanborn, J).” In addition, years of potential life lost is used to “emphasize deaths at younger ages (Gardner, J. and Sanborn, J).” According to Changing the U.S. Health Care System, “the two largest contributors to the disproportionately high YPLL rate among African Americans are cancer and heart disease (2014).” Cancer is the most important contributor to YPLL because it is the “second leading cause of death but accounts for the largest YPLL per 100,000 for both males and females (Healthy People
Infant mortality is a key indicator of health of both the mother and infant.3 This article went on to state that Infants born to non-Hispanic black mothers are twice as likely to die before their first birthday than those born to non-Hispanic white mothers. Similarly, infants born to black mothers are three times more likely to die of preterm related issues.3 Clayton County, Georgia is located south of Atlanta, and it is surrounded by four counties that ranked between 1-40 in health outcomes and health factors.4 It is a relatively small county with approximately 144 square miles and a population of n=267,542;4 yet, Clayton County continues to grapple with a myriad of health disparities in spite of several aggressive interventions. Among the leading causes of health disparities in Clayton County, maternal and child health disparities continue to be an issue, especially among black non-Hispanic
According to Webster, Wellness is the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health. Although, African-American are considered to be the minority in America we are a huge fraction of the diseased American population. African Americans are 60% more likely to contract diabetes; also African Americans are more likely to suffer kidney disease, resulting from diabetes. 3 million African American’s have diabetes; the more astonish fact is that a third of the people with diabetes are oblivious to the fact they have it. African American’s develop high blood pressure earlier in life than other Americans; 45% of black women have the affliction.
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During the 20th century, African American starting leaving the south. They left behind the racial segregation, discrimination, and violence in search of greater economic opportunity. This was the forming of the “Great Migration” of 1.5 million African Americans that happened between 1910 and 1945. Also another 6.5 million moved north and west between 1945 and 1970. Since the 1960’s, many black urban immigrants have achieved success where as some have been left behind.
The Effects of Racism against African Americans Rosa Parks once stated, “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” Although Parks stated this in 2005, her ideas correspond with American society today. For instance, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, and Eric Harris are only a few of the victims who have faced extreme racism. After being stopped for minor violations, and although all were unarmed, the police shot them in the back without proper reasoning.
It is very true that African Americans have made many strides in the past few decades in relation to equality and freedom. However, racism and segregation are still present to this day. Many African Americans are killed and mistreated simply because of the pigment in their skin. The only difference is, many people are still oblivious to this fact more than they were years ago. This blindness comes from the idea that America has overcome these racial conditions.