There was not one moment during the debate either of the presidential candidates said anything of substance in regards to rectifying the source of all African American’s problems. What do the collective political concerns of the majority say about their priorities and what are the implications for African Americans?
Statistics of Concern
A Pew Research Center, 2016 issue importance poll amongst Clinton and Trump supporters revealed that treatment of racial, ethnic minorities only ranks 11th out of a list of 14.
Average wealth in 2010 for White families was a little over $600,000 while average wealth for Black families was below $100,000.
In 2014 the real earnings of full time, full year, Black male workers was $52,236 while the real earnings of full time, full year, White male workers was $74,108.
The Black unemployment rate currently is more than twice as high as the White unemployment rate and nearly double the national unemployment rate, according to the Department of Labor.
The statistics show that racial issues are not a high priority for a majority of voters and is why none of the candidates addressed the source of all the African American community’s problems: the economic, political, and social marginalization of African Americans since the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the continued absence of any kind of compensation for the opportunity cost of slavery for African Americans to build wealth: racism.
The statistics also show that the wealth and income gaps between Blacks and Whites remain dangerously wide–this has been the case since the Atlantic Slave Trade as well. It is quite clear that the disparities between income and wealth amongst Blacks and Whites will remain unless there is direct action taken to correct the lingering effects of racism.
Unfortunately, the collective political concerns of the majority of voters indicate that the continued mistreatment of African Americans is not a real priority and that there will be no real policy change to correct the disastrous, lingering effects of racism. Until African Americans understand racism and formulate strategies to force policy changes within the context of that understanding, the problems that plague the African American community will continue.
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