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5 Ways Integration Underdeveloped Black America

December 9, 2013 | Posted by ABS Staff

Black Wealth Stagnated or Declined After Integration
During segregation, Blacks were forced to start and support the businesses in their own communities. Many of these
businesses flourished and even helped made some Black communities, such as the Greenwood community in Tulsa,
Okla., (often called Black Wall Street), wealthier than their white neighbors.
After segregation ended, African-Americans flocked to support businesses owned by whites and other groups, causing
Black restaurants, theaters, insurance companies, banks, etc. to almost disappear. Today, Black people spend 95
percent of their income at white-owned businesses.
Even though the number of Black firms has grown 60.5 percent between 2002 and 2007, they only make up 7 percent
of all U.S firms, and less than .005 percent of all U.S business receipts.
In 1865, just after Emancipation, 476,748 free Blacks — 1.5 percent of U.S. population– owned a .005 percent of the
total wealth of the United States. Today, a full 135 years after the abolition of slavery, 44.5 million Black Americans —
14.2 percent of the population — possess a meager 1 percent of the national wealth.

Black Family Structure Collapsed After Integration
From 1890 to 1950, Black women married at higher rates than white women, despite a consistent shortage of Black
males due to their higher mortality rate. According to a report released by the Washington D.C.-based think tank
Urban Institute, the state of the African-American family is worse today than it was in the 1960s, four years before
President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act.

The Unemployment Rate of Black Men Quadrupled After Integration Since integration. By 2011 54 percent of Black women are job-holders. By 2011. has increased. In 1960. white men had a zero percent unemployment rate. In 1954. it was at 16. the unemployment rate of Black men has been spiraling out of control. Instead of focusing on maintaining Black male employment to allow them to provide for their families. 43 percent of African-American women had jobs. that figure was 41 percent.In 1965. only 8 percent of childbirths in the Black community occurred out of wedlock.7 percent for Black men compared to 7. By 2010. Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act with full affirmative action for women. however. In 2010. Black men earned about 60 percent of what white men were paid. with a Black man earning about 70 percent of white man’s income.7 percent for white men. Although the earnings gap between African-Americans and their white peers has narrowed. Many Black men were also dislodged from their families and pushed into the rapidly expanding prison industrial complex that developed in the wake of rising unemployment. . that number had decreased to 57 percent. it still persists. The act benefited mostly white women and created a welfare system that encouraged removal of the Black male from the home. In 1954. Researchers Heather Ross and Isabel Sawhill argue that marital stability is directly related to the husband’s relative socio-economic standing. and the size of the earnings difference between men and women. out-of-wedlock childbirths in the Black community is at an astonishing 72 percent. while African-American men experienced about a 4 percent rate. and today. The number of employed Black women. The work force in 1954 was 79 percent African-American.

” Colorblind policies that treat everyone the same. pay us sufficient wages to take care of our families. travel. poverty or affluence. Black Community Became Dependent After Integration African-Americans have appealed to the descendants of our oppressors to right their ancestors’ wrongs.. . where people would not be restricted from access to education. professor of politics at University of California Santa Cruz. professionally trained Black people provide very little economic benefit to the Black community. only 2 percent of all working Black Americans work for another Black person within their own neighborhood. and co-author of“Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society” says in the U. “The color of one’s skin still determines success or failure. prison or college. Because of this. Brown. are often used to argue against corrective policies such as affirmative action. or housing because of race.Myth of a Colorblind Society Propagated After Integration The Civil Rights Movement pushed for laws that would create a colorblind society. educate our children and police our neighborhoods. illness or health. However. jobs. Michael K. public accommodations. As a result. voting.S. But “colorblindness” today merely bolsters the unfair advantages that color-coded practices enabled white Americans to accumulate over a very long time. no exceptions for the historically oppressed and disenfranchised. legislation has been ineffective in eradicating white privilege.

the criminal justice system has declared war on young Black men with policies such as “stop and frisk” and “three strikes.The Black median household income is about 64 percent that of whites. Millions of Black children are being miseducated by people who don’t care about them. Being satisfied to drink of the dregs from the cup of human progress will not demonstrate our fitness as a people to exist alongside of others. while the Black median wealth is about 16 percent that of whites. and ultimately empires. but when of our own initiative we strike out to build industries. governments. then and only then will we as a race prove to our Creator and to man in general that we are fit to survive and capable of shaping our own destiny. and they are unable to compete academically with their peers.” Marcus Garvey warned about this saying: “Lagging behind in the van of civilization will not prove our higher abilities. At the same time. Being subservient to the will and caprice of progressive races will not prove anything superior in us.” .