The US government has a long history of discriminating against African Americans. From the 1800s through the 1950s, the US government passed laws that kept African Americans from voting and restricted their right to serve in public office.
The government created Jim Crow laws aimed at destroying African American culture. Jim Crow laws restricted suffrage and outlawed interracial marriage. They required government approval for schools and businesses to hire people of different races. In the Jim Crow South, black people were forced to work in certain jobs that were considered beneath them, such as cotton picking and the service industry, but almost all black people in the US were expected to have jobs that involved white people only. Many states had their own laws restricting voting rights. When civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks refused to give up their bus seats to white passengers at segregated lunch counters in Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi, they were arrested and regularly beaten. In 1955, the US government issued Executive Order 8802, forbidding segregation, segregation at restaurants, and racial discrimination at educational institutions. The law was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. However, these new laws weren’t very effective. So the US federal government started putting pressure on local and state governments to downgrade the enforcement of these laws.
Financial Issues of African Americans
Less than 2 percent of African American households received financial assistance from the federal government. And that’s a low number considering that the poverty rate for African Americans is almost three times that of whites.
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company will “pay the impacted customer’s credit card bill” for deleting the posts, and it already had begun that process, according to CNN. Sandberg said the company was looking at the long-term and short-term, as it always does with problems like this. I think the broader point is accurate: we take them as they come, do our best, and try to move forward. The headlines have taken a lot of heat so far, with some rightly pointing out that Facebook likely did far worse to some other group of people at the same time it was ejecting the particular group of people from the company’s social settings. But that misses the key point: the removal of the offending posts did in fact eradicate those settings from the affected people’s feeds. They no longer appeared in people’s feeds.
Social media companies have been under a lot of scrutiny over the past year for censoring posts they deem to be offensive and hateful. For many, this is the equivalent of shutting down the public square while we’re waiting for the November election results to be counted or while we’re still recovering from Covid-19. And you know what? That’s a fair point. (Look at the list above for a better look at which cities and states have removed Trump from their walls and screens.)
Black people are more likely to be single mothers
In the US, single black mothers are more than twice as likely to be single parents as single white mothers. Black women are also more likely to suffer from domestic violence than white women, and the rate of violence against black women is the highest of any racial group.
In 2019, there were a staggering 5.4 black men for every 1 white man. There are a total of 100.2 million American men. If that’s the case, that means there are 1.6 white men for every black or Latina woman. If white women were to marry into a black (or any other race) family, this ratio will drastically change. Single black women and single white women of any race have a much higher chance of experiencing domestic violence, poverty, education failures, and high incarceration rates than their counterparts in white male dominated families. This compares to dating relationships which are already heavily biased against women of color.
Help African Americans through Samaritan International Ministries Organization
Samaritan International Ministries assists black with transition. We help find a job, apartment, and get registered to schools. This helps the black people adjust to the American way of life. The case manager monitors the status and progress and works with them to develop a realistic plan for gaining economic self-sufficiency.