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Barriers to Rebuilding the African American Community

Understanding the Issues Facing Today’s African Americans from a Social Work Perspective

Tywan Ajani

Barriers to Rebuilding the African American Community explores the major threats and roots affecting both America’s most racially polarized periods as well as the major issues plaguing the African American community. The author provides intelligent insight into the deeper roots of America’s long history and struggle with racism as well as the solution. The author shows how a background investigation of medical science, culture, and social policy can propel or subdue an entire people group, and examines research on A.C.E.S. (Adverse Childhood Experiences), which affects all communities regardless of race. This book is an exciting and well-researched exposeì into one of America’s most electrifying socio-political movements.

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3 The Oppressed Always Rebel Eventually


3The Oppressed Always Rebel Eventually

The oppressed always rebel eventually. Do you agree with this statement? Whether you do or not, it has been proven true throughout the course of human history. Whether these endeavors were successful, well-planned, carefully executed, or hopelessly inept, nothing seems to unite people together more than a revolt against oppression. Even in the face of certain death, and where victory seemed to be a very far stretch, human beings often choose freedom over tyranny and oppression and are generally willing to risk death to obtain it.

Most are familiar with some classic examples such as the ancient Israelites who rebelled against the tyranny of Roman occupation. The Romans crushed the Jewish rebellion in 70 A.D. resulting in Jerusalem’s total annihilation and the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Hebrews including the destruction of their beloved holy temple. In an act of defiance, over 900 Jews chose to committ suicide at the fort of Masada as an alternative to imprisonment and torture by Roman soldiers who were closely moving in to capture them. Similarly, from the beginning of their enslavement in the 17th century, Africans attempted to escape and revolt against their white rulers.

Consider also the steadfast American colonists, though smaller in number and ill equipped, who revolted against the tyranny of the British Empire, which ←19 | 20→possessed the most formidable navy in the world at that time. During the 1970s many Cambodians, Thai, Burmese, and Vietnamese people...

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