Top Issues Faced By African-Americans

Posted: April 15, 2014 in History
Top Issues Faced By African-AmericansLack of Education

Failure of Urban K-12 Schools


  • Black unemployment is usually almost twice that of whites
  • Black youth unemployment rate for ages 16-19 is 393% higher than the national unemployment rate


  • Emergence of a permanent “Black Underclass”
  • Need to become “Savers” as opposed to “Spenders”
  • Need to create black-owned businesses
  • Need to patronize black-owned businesses

Breakdown of the Family

  • Too many single parent families
  • Too many divorces
  • Too few Fathers in the home
  • Too few role models

High Incarceration Rate of Black Men

  • 12%-13% of U.S. population is African-American, but they make up 40% of the over 2.1 million male inmates incarcerated
  • Nearly 1 in 3 African American males aged 20–29 are under some form of criminal justice supervision whether imprisoned, jailed, on parole or probation
  • One out of nine African American men will be incarcerated between the ages of 20 and 34
  • Black males ages 30 to 34 have the highest incarceration rate of any race/ethnicity
  • More black males are in prison than are enrolled in colleges and universities
  • The leading cause of incarceration of an African American male is a non-violent drug offense

Lack of Role Models

Who is an Appropriate Black Role Model?

The Role of Music in the Black Community

  • The “N” Word in Music
  • Do Negative Lyrics Pre-Program Our Youth to be Violent

Black Athletes in America

  • Should Black College Athletes Be Paid
  • The “N” Word in Sports

Black Politicians

Black Entrepreneurs in America

  • Black CEOS

High Crime Rates in Urban Communities

High Drug Addiction and Alcohol Rates

Lingering Effects of Slavery

High Rate of Poor Health in Black Americans

  • African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S.
  • About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.
  • In 2011, African Americans were 1.5 times as likely to be obese as Non- Hispanic Whites.
  • In 2011, African American women were 80% more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women.
  • In 2007-2010, African American girls were 80% more likely to be overweight than Non-Hispanic White girls.
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  • High Diabetes rates
  • High HIV/AIDS Rates


Reduced respect for human life

  • Black women have nearly 30% of the all abortions
  • Resulting in the death of 350,000 fetuses a year or one every 90 seconds
  • Beyond the tragic loss of life itself, this much death reduces the civility with which people treat each other.

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