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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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4The Root

America’s first African American president, Barack Obama, said around the time of the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of Michael Brown that “America still has a problem with race.” Former Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Tim Kaine, echoed those sentiments in the following comments on August 4, 2016, at the National Urban League Conference.

I learned when I started to practice civil rights that anybody who is a person of color, frankly anybody who has been a religious minority, you kind of have to learn the ways of the majority as a survival instinct. You have to learn our kind in order to survive the ways of the majority. So often those of us in the majority, we are not forced to learn the ways of anybody else. And we can insulate or wall ourselves off, even without intending to. We have to force ourselves out of our comfort zone to learn about the realities of all the beautiful parts of this wonderful American tapestry (4).

Tim Kaine acknowledges the racial inequalities that African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities experience in America. He acknowledges the need to assimilate into the culture of the dominate majority in order to have a measure of success in the United States. Tim Kaine also acknowledges the superiority subculture thinking of the dominate majority group. This is often referred to as white privilege.

To further illustrate the plight of black America, Civil rights...

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