Understanding the Issues Facing Today’s African Americans from a Social Work Perspective
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.
Author’s Final Thoughts
ACEs, generational poverty, intense racism, predisposition to crime, medical and mental health illnesses, harmful cultural thinking, and fatherlessness have all plagued the African American communities for centuries. It is astonishing that we have survived these barrage of obstacles as long as we have. I think despite the odds that have weighed deeply against African Americans for so long in the United States that we can shift our focus from our past to the praise of how we have survived such deplorable conditions.
I believe that proper justice for all injustices belongs to the creator of times past, present, and future. Nonetheless, it does not negate the duty and valor of speaking up, standing with, and even dying for the oppressed. A wise mother once told her son King Lemuel these words. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31: 8,9, New International Version).”
The race issues in the United States are confusing, disheartening, and exhausting. Brown and black people born and raised in America are constantly bombarded with race problems, innuendos, stereotypes, and prejudices. Well meaning, hard-working, tax paying Americans of color that want to contribute to ←161 | 162→its nation, raise their children, and enjoy the American Dream are often faced with barriers that they did not choose.
African Americans face colossal barriers to equality in...
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