The question what is the biggest problem that black people face in today’s society has been a hot topic that has been highly publicized on the mainstream media.With all this discussions of the black race and the issues we face as a whole has compelled me to examine and research to find a relevant answer. However during all my research and surveys I haven’t been able to pinpoint the number one problem we face as race, culture or community. Of course there is always the prevalent issues i.e. racism, education, employment and police brutality. Although all these issues are all relevant and important I wanted to find out if everyone outside the mainstream media held this same sentiment.
Police brutality has been brought to the forefront in the past couple of years due to the heinous acts we’ve all witnessed in the news and beyond. With so much media attention many people would tend to side with police brutality being the biggest issue black people face. In a series of surveys and polls I’ve taken over a three month period and a wide-range of people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, ages and races. I have compiled a list of various answers and opinions of what they believe to be the most prevalent issue we face.
In the end I received over seventy five different answers to the question “What is the biggest problem that face black people in today’s society”. I asked over two hundred people varying from the ages of 18-55. These results were kind of shocking seeing that most of my prior research narrowed down our problems to about five to ten major issues. This caught me by surprise because I received over seventy five different responses. This prompted me to share two issues I believe black people in America are facing.
- Lack of Education & Jobs:
This is a major problem in the black community seeing that many of our schools are not always equipped with adequate amount of teachers, supplies or books needed to run a effective school. This is seen majority in the K-12 school system which limits the ability of those students to have access to higher educational opportunities. When it comes to lack of jobs education runs hand in hand. Without a proper education it can be difficult or downright impossible to find employment that offers more than minimum wage This brings up a greater issue, because in many of our neighborhoods jobs with a “higher pay grade” are not being placed there leaving only low-level or minimum wage jobs in our communities.
- Collapse of the family:
Until recently, welfare was a constitutional right (Goldberg v. Kelly) that makes government dependency more attractive than husbands. Illegitimacy increased from 23.6% in 1963 to nearly 70% of all black children today. This persistent problem has effected black people for over fifty years. However the breakdown of the family did not only effect our family but our community. With this change it also effected the decrease in black businesses and wealth in our neighborhoods. Which consequently caused the unemployment rate and incarceration rate to increase.
There are clearly more than two issues facing the black community, but the bigger question is can some of these problems every be resolved? In the end the plight of blacks in America can be difficult to understand without actually experiencing it yourself.What do you think are some of the challenges black people face in today’s society? Comment below & if you liked this post please share!
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