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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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9 The Evidence Speaks


9The Evidence Speaks

“Project Implicit, a collaboration of researchers at Harvard University and other universities, has shown that most people, both white and black, have an unconscious bias against African Americans, and they deny that bias, even to themselves. This does not include those people who are overtly prejudiced and proud of it (24).”

—Gail Price-Wise, USA Today

“It is still unacceptable for a black person in America to question a predominately white narrative (21),” said social media commentator Francis Maxwell. Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49rs, carried out an unprecedented act. He was the first professional football player to refuse to stand for the national anthem. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement due to the proliferation of unarmed police killings of African American people, Kaepernick decided to protest during the singing of the national anthem before his football games began. His protests inspired other players. Four, former Miami Dolphins also took a stand against racism by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.

Former U.S. Republican presidential canidate Senator Ted Cruz, of the state of Texas, condemned the behavior stating that “you know, it’s very easy when you’re sitting there rolling in millions of dollars to disrespect this country (30).” Interestingly, if you conduct a swift Internet search, you will find that the many of America’s members of Congress are also millionaires.

Obviously, money was not the motive for Colin’s protest. It...

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