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While emancipation from slavery is commemorated, when will Blacks really have equal opportunity? Will it ever be a foregone conclusion that Blacks have finally achieve equal access and equal opportunity in every aspect of American life?
These are the questions we face today as Blacks continue to lag behind in every indicator when it comes to determining how Americans are doing.
Sociologists and scholars acknowledge and agree that whatever plagues American society generally, the impact of those same negative forces on Blacks is much more severe and the ramifications more far-reaching and long-lasting.
When will Blacks really have equal opportunity to stem the impact of these forces that are crippling from one generation to the next.
The impact can be seen throughout communities across the country. You need only to review a few grim statistics.
We can begin with poorer health status caused by limited or no access to health care services. That became very evident during the Covid-19 pandemic. There is an ongoing health disparity when it comes to the higher mortality rate among black pregnant moms and their infants.
Higher rates of unemployment persists for Blacks during period of economic prosperity. When will Blacks really have equal opportunity to get decent jobs?
By comparison, Blacks, disproportionately, lives in poor housing and blighted neighborhoods. This is also the case for Black home ownership, which is much lower than that of whites. When will Blacks really have equal opportunity to own a home?
The grim picture is the same when it comes to education. Black children spend their formative years in schools that lack access to the best resources and technologies to help them become prepared and keep up with the demands of today’s society.
The educational achievement gap is stark. It is both deep and wide. This was evident during the Covid-19 crisis. During school closures, it was Black children who had little, poorer, or no access to online learning. This only increased lower educational achievement and widened the gap. When will Blacks really have equal opportunity to gain a quality education?
In recent years, threats to reinstitute laws and practices that will hinder Black reaching equal status seem to be gaining acceptance and momentum. We see it in states passing legislation to make it more difficult for Blacks to vote. Still.
Once again Affirmative Action measures to provide equal access to higher education are also at risk. We are awaiting an important ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.
When will Blacks really have equal opportunity?