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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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5 Chicanery and Politics; Opposing Viewpoints


5Chicanery and Politics; Opposing Viewpoints

For most of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the Democratic Party has been identified as the party that defends America’s disenfranchised and marginalized populations. To some degree, this is true. The party has made significant efforts to serve these communities and to take a stand in defense of their constitutional rights. The Democratic Party has also taken the lead in advancing social justice issues in the United States.

However, in the past, Democrats took a very different and dark view of social justice issues. The Democratic Party was not historically in favor of justice for minorities and the disenfranchised and was no friend to the civil rights movement. The party was founded by President Andrew Jackson. During this period of time, the Democratic Party vehemently and with great pride supported the institution of slavery.

In addition, allegedly, the Democratic Party was the influencer of an attempted extermination of both African American and Native American people groups. Ironically, the vast majority of African Americans, Native American, and Hispanic American people today support the Democratic Party; yet, it is the party that has historically brutally oppressed these populations.

How did this change? Here are some of the facts. Further investigation and research are suggested but here are some points to stir the discussion. Published ←33 | 34→comments made by a notable national football player is a great place to begin with.

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