When one looks at the history of America, and how the conditions of Black people have remained the same over centuries, it is safe to say that “Blacks will never be seen as equals, or accepted fully by Caucasians in America.”
The constant brutality, incarcerations, segregation and disenfranchisement handed out to Black people by the Government and white supremacists of America, is an indictment on the titled which America gave to itself as “the police of the world.”
How can the American government and people take pride in bringing justice and equity to the various nations of the world, when there is great institutional injustice and oppression of the Black man within its walls?
How can America be blind to the aggravated incarceration and killings of the Black people, while it’s agencies and media outlets are focused on the inhumane treatments in other nations? Where is the honesty and transparency in that?
One fact that most Americans have refused to come to terms with is that there will never be complete harmony between White and Black people in America. As long as Black people are seen as second or third class humans, oppressive white supremacists will always find a way to suppress and harm Black people.
Moreso, the further growth, material and financial expansion of Black people will be a constant threat to the white supremacists who grew up believeing that Blacks are beneath them. And when the average white racist and supremacists feel that his/her high place in society is challenged, he turns to hate – hate for the Black man. Every year, Black people from Africa apply for visas to move to the US.
They feel the United States is a paradise where all their problems will be solved. But they don’t know what’s coming to them. They don’t know that the biggest threat to their lives as Black people will be in the US. They don’t know that waking up and stepping out of your house as a Black man in America is enough reason to die – die for no reason.
Every day we are furnished with gorry stories and pictures of Black women, kids and young men being shot by white cops for no reason. Their only crime is that they are Black people. In 2019 alone, over 342 people in America have been killed by police, and the majority of them are black people who are most times harmless and armless. All over social media, we find videos of police brutality, with the recent one being the killing of a Black pregnant woman by a white cop in Texas.
For as long as one can remember, the American law system has made it a point of duty to convict and imprison Black men and women. This has led to one of the biggest phenomena of mass incarceration of a race in the world. Also, some of the reasons why America is bad for Black people to live in is the high level of stress and Black Infant Mortality. These above-mentioned cases are enough to reduce the life expectancy and general wellbeing of people by 60%. Below we are going to discuss in depth the effects of these mentioned threats to black people in the United States.
One major category which connects the above-mentioned challenges of the Black man in America is “Structural racism.” Structural racism is the one phenomenon in America that exposes Black men and women to the unjust and unhealthy criminal justice system, which affects their health and that of their children drastically.
Statistics show that it is more dangerous to be a black infant born into America than a white infant, as black infants born to black mothers die at twice the rate or more. Although many experts have tried to explain the higher deaths with low income and health care of Black people, evidence continuously points to the accumulated stress which stems from hundreds of years of structural racism.
With Black men being five times more likely to be imprisoned or killed by white cops in America, we strongly state that “America is unsafe for the Black race.” Also more disheartening is the amount of young black boys and girls who have to grow up with their fathers or mothers being in jail. This alone contributes to mental oppression and depression for the children who grow up with a different worldview.
Growing up as a Black millennial is even more dangerous. This is because the incarceration rates have gone up to more than 500% than what it was around 40 years ago. So even with all the 21st-century opportunities and financial breakthroughs, the Black boy and girl are still at risk of going to jail and serving long jail terms. So it then becomes obvious that the problem is not the Black community, but the racist American system, which will always create the environment to set Black people up.
Mass incarceration alone is so powerful that the effects can stretch into the next four generations if they are unchecked. Physiological effects such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, mental health disorders, Hepatitis C, and HIV are all the long-term after-effects of mass incarceration of Black people. But these are not just the only negative effect of incarceration on the Black community. While the above mentioned are documented, a whole lot more aren’t.
During their time in prison, Black men and women face a high risk of sexual violence and infectious diseases. They lose the bond with their family members which in turns makes them psychologically unbalanced. The imprisonment of loved ones is most times felt more by the family at home, who will have to deal with poverty, emotional distress, and residential instability, in the case the imprisoned person is the breadwinner. This continuous and most times un-merited incarceration of Black people has increased the risk of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among those affected.
The Attack On Our Women Who Are The Backbone Of Our Society:
The black woman remains the backbone of the Black community. If you break the spirit and body of the Black woman, you have broken the future generations to come. So it is vital that we do our best in protecting our women from the evil of structural racism in America.
As we speak, the amount of Black women (mothers) who are incarcerated in the United States is more than 219,000. It is important to note that they were 26,000 in 1980. Now imagine the mental, physiological and emotional consequences of 219,000 on the black community. It has been calculated that if this trend continues that 1 in every 18 of our Black women will go to prison in their lifetime. Now just sit back and imagine for a few moments what the fate of over 1million children would be, having mothers who have been mentally and physiologically wounded.
It is reported by the U.S Bureau of Justice Statistics that 4% of women in federal prisons and 3% in state prisons were pregnant when they were sent to prison. The level of health and correctional neglect these women face is enough reason for them to develop mental health disorders which will, in turn, affect their children. Many of these women are still put in handcuffs and shackles during their stay in prison and during their visits to the doctor.
The dangers of having a child grow without a father have been evident in the Black community. But more dangerous is the upbringing of a child without a mother. More than half of the incarcerated Black women are kept in facilities which are more than 100 miles away from their children. And on most caes, they will never get to see their children while they are in prison. This alone contributes more to the psychological wellbeing of the mother and child.
The situation which Black people have found themselves in America is enough for any race of people to be declared “endangered”. As the days go buy it is becoming more and more risky for Black people to live and survive in the U.S.
It would seem like a covert operation to exterminate Black people in America has been activated, and the police are the ones to enforce this extermination. Black people in America must come together and stand for each other. Unity is the greatest weapon in times such as these.