Despite the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that ended racial segregation, and outlawing discrimination based on race, sex, creed, national origin, and slavery ending 101 years beforehand, in 1865 through the 13th amendment, the echos of the past are still here. I say this because of statistics:
According to the American Psychological Association, minorities still struggle, and face discrimination. Source is founded here: https://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/publications/minorities
- These statistics state that 39% of African American children live in poverty, which is double for White children.
- African American unemployment rates double that of Caucasian population.
- In regards to income and education, African Americans have a “worse outcomes” than Whites.
- Minorities have worse overall health
The war on inequality still remains. This article states that we are “working within structures that were never intended to give equal outcomes”. said Valerie Wilson, director of EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy and a co-author of the report.
We need to do better. This is supposed to be the land of opportunity for all. We need to change these statistics, and have better opportunities for minorities.
Yes, all lives matter, but we stay Black lives matter, because Black lives are being discriminated against, and are in danger.
In America, the land of the free, color of skin should even matter. We need to leave the past in the past but learn from it.
To be honest I thought everyone had equal opportunity, it is too bad it took a life of George Floyd for me to realize this discrimination. I was ignorant before. It is also too bad that it took his life to create the Black Lives Matter Movement.