Black People : Black Men Are No Better-Off Today Than Their Forefathers Were in 1865

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At the turn of a new year; nearly 150 years after Black people were released from slavery, sadly, Blacks today are no better-off, and by some accounts are worse-off, than their forefathers.
Even Black men who are graduating from college are finding themselves unprepared for the real demands of the world. In 1865, despite having no more than a 3rd grade education in most cases, Blacks following their freedom, became blacksmiths, bricklayers, carpenters, merchants, teachers, doctors, lawyers, farmers, ranchers, cooks, soldiers and more, as reported by Black Star Journal. Blacks back then also built houses, towns, communities, businesses, families, schools, universities, institutions and strongly invested in their collective future.
According to the 2011 U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only 10 percent of 8th-grade Black boys are reading at or above a proficient grade level.
Though it might have been possible to flourish in 1865 with little to no schooling; that is nearly impossible in today’s society. Because black boys are not reading at even the 8th-grade level, as adults they have much fewer options compared to their forefathers who were freed slaves.
If education is power then there is no wonder as to why there is suffering in the Black community. From the crippling unemployment rate to the astronomical amount of Blacks behind bars, everything can be traced to the lack of education. Really, the prison system coupled with the complete breakdown of the black family has reopened slavery’s ugly door. To endure this life is the opposite of freedom because the choices are clearly selected for you. A Black man who can not read at an 8th-grade level today is in no better condition to make it in this wo

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As Salaam Alaikum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some would argue that we are better off today than yesterday but the reality is that we are not. On a physical plane we may appear to be better off but when you look behind the scenes we are not on many levels.

Integration really put us down along with Jim Crow we were knocked out and we are still in a dream like state having a nightmare.

In the 1960's and before we had our own thriving towns and we had our own economy but after the sixties when were able to be closer to white people our businesses and our economy went away.

Today what do we have? Nothing....
 

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As Salaam Alaikum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some would argue that we are better off today than yesterday but the reality is that we are not. On a physical plane we may appear to be better off but when you look behind the scenes we are not on many levels.

Integration really put us down along with Jim Crow we were knocked out and we are still in a dream like state having a nightmare.

In the 1960's and before we had our own thriving towns and we had our own economy but after the sixties when were able to be closer to white people our businesses and our economy went away.

Today what do we have? Nothing....


Hello Brother Brown You said “Integration really put us down along with Jim Crow we were knocked out and we are still in a dreamlike state having a nightmare”. With that being said do you think Martin Luther King’s movement and its integrative results hurt us more as black people or helped us? I think it hurt us more.
 

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As Salaam Alaikum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some would argue that we are better off today than yesterday but the reality is that we are not. On a physical plane we may appear to be better off but when you look behind the scenes we are not on many levels.

Integration really put us down along with Jim Crow we were knocked out and we are still in a dream like state having a nightmare.

In the 1960's and before we had our own thriving towns and we had our own economy but after the sixties when were able to be closer to white people our businesses and our economy went away.

Today what do we have? Nothing....

What needs to be done to change this?

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? -Robert Kennedy

I know this is a quote from a white man but I find it applicable.
 

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Hello Brother Brown You said “Integration really put us down along with Jim Crow we were knocked out and we are still in a dreamlike state having a nightmare”. With that being said do you think Martin Luther King’s movement and its integrative results hurt us more as black people or helped us? I think it hurt us more.

As Salaam Alaikum!!!!!!!!!!!

I am not trying to take away from what our Bro. represented. He was a good Bro. but he did not have knowledge of the Time and the people he was dealing with. But the movement hurt us more than it helped Us.
 

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