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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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10 The Solution, If There Is One

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10The Solution, If There Is One

Solution Number 1: Education Is the Number One, Most Viable Remedy to the Rebuilding of the African American Community

The United States’ criminal justice system prides itself on the philosophy that one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. In Latin the phrase is ei incumbit probatio qui dicit. The translation is the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies. Unfortunately, for the African American, there is another philosophy in place for law enforcement and the justice system; shoot first, investigate later, and guilty until proven innocent.

A study conducted by Yale professors Dr. Emily Wang and Dr. Christopher Wildeman reported sobering statistics. Their study titled Studying health disparities of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, published by the Journal of American Medical Association, illustrates the barriers to rebuilding black America more clearly. “Currently, more than 2.3 million individuals are incarcerated in the United States. It is estimated that on any given day, one in nine U.S. black men aged 20 to 34 years is incarcerated, and 1 in 3 black men are expected to be imprisoned at some point in their lives if rates of incarceration stay the same. ←131 | 132→Ninety-five percent of these individuals are ultimately released back into society, but most continue to cycle through the legal system throughout their lives (14).”

With one in nine incarcerated and one in three expected to be imprisoned, how can...

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