For many years the word "negro" has described a poor - and usually impoverished - dark skinned people without the means to compete in the world. Many years later most American negroes had roots in Africa. The negro majority stayed in Africa. Only a relative few came to America, and most of them were forced to come here to be sold into slavery. Since then, the mid-1800's, the level of abuse and discrimination in America has lessened. There have actually been great strides forward for negroes and most other ethnic minorities. Sadly though, the effort to reach 'equality for all' has been slowed by the resisting attitudes of progress has been slow. Many angry and defiant individuals demand faster acceptance.
The Civil War resulted in a giant step forward. Then progress slowed until World War II. After that war negroes surged ahead in society and began referring to themselves as "Black-Americans". It was sometime later, perhaps after the Korean conflict, that the title was changed to "African-Americans". The intent was to signify their progress toward equality. It appeared to indicate a new and fresh identity - but in fact it has caused a wider gap between "whites and blacks".
The white majority, particularly those who tended toward discrimination, thought the angry and sometimes militant negroes were rejecting the American culture and trying to develop their own. This idea appears to have been rejected or at least lessened. Today both "whites and blacks" seem to be re renewing their effort to come together as equals. Success, however, may be a long way off. Why?
There are fewer African-Americans than most other ethnic identities in America.
- Why then do African-Americans commit more crimes than all of the other ethnicities combined? It's a fact.
- African-Americans consider racial profiling to be illogical and unreasonable discrimination? Actually, it is neither.
- Why do African-Americans learn less when attending the same schools as all other ethnicities? They are just as intelligent but without social and cultural support.
- Why are there proportionally more unemployed African-Americans? Because they are not as well educated.
- Why do African-Americans require more welfare? Because America has fewer jobs for unqualified people, which has made it necessary to move toward becoming a welfare state so to prevent misery and abject poverty, which have all combined to reduce individual ambition and the pride of self reliance.