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Being only 150 years outside of slavery, there are those who think this is ample time for the Africans in America to be economically in the same position as their former oppressor. There are those who actually believe that one’s grandfather’s grandfather’s disdain would have no effect on them. As if generational plights are not passed down to their offspring.

How soon have people forgotten that in 1686, the Carolina Trade barred all African American’s from all trades, which limited their ability to take care of their families. Or that in 1723, Virginia forbade African Americans from keeping weapons, forcing them to have no means to protect themselves. Although enslaved Africans were greatly responsible for teaching White settlers how to farm, in 1800, Maryland passed a law prohibiting African Americans from raising and selling agricultural products.

How are we supposed to consider the plight of Africans in America, the same as any other group of Americans?

During forced chattel enslavement, hundreds of laws were passed throughout the country, to limit the mobility and forward movement of Africans in America. Immediately following this injustice, Jim Crow laws added almost 100 more years of restrictions. Because laws weren’t convincing enough, let us not forget that any progression that African Americans gained in this country was matched with lynching or theft. Do we really believe that this act of normalcy that occurred only two generations ago has no affect today?

For those who like to throw in Board vs. Education, the Voting Act and Affirmative Action:

Do we concede that these were solutions to the symptoms (considered symptoms, because the actual problem is white supremacy)? Who better to know the loop holes in a law than those who wrote it in the first place? There are countless studies and articles regarding the failure with affirmative action. The force taken against Africans Americans regarding voting and the so-called “war on drugs” has helped keep the African American vote stagnant.

Maybe it is amazing that Black families seem to struggle although having incarcerated relatives and sky high interest rates. Possibly the school children face obstacles for no reason even though the curriculum tells them they come from nothing and their kinetic learning styles are grossly ignored. Maybe the Africans in America should forget the reminder of racism portrayed in the media daily, even though it has a constant psychological effect on them.

Or maybe everyone else should just wake up get a clue.

 

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