thebest31406: I don't know if you're just trolling or being stupid. I'm going to assume that you're being stupid and try to educate you just a little.
there is no better time than right now to be black in America. Now it's not perfect here for black people but can you tell me a time period in the history of the United States which is better? the sixties? The twenties? The 1800's?
America still has a lot of issues in regards to prejudice and racism. However America is getting better and better and give an equal opportunity to people of all races. A well-qualified black man will get an opportunity over a less qualified person of another race.
no other time in history has that happened. I can go and vote at any time without having to worry about literacy tests or bloodline investigations.
I can attend any university I want to without having to worry about getting lynched or being stared at or getting kicked out of class because of the color of my skin. I don't need the National Guard to pave the way for me to get into any college that I want to attend.Same thing goes about going to any restaurant I want to. Hell yes now is the best time to be black in America!
Sounds like TV rhetoric to me. Rhetoric aside, the information tells us that the typical black household is worth about $11,000. Compare that to the median White household, which is worth about $141,900; 12.9 times more than the the typical Black household. In 2007, the ratio was 10 to one. Prior to the recession, Blacks were worth about $19,000. Of course, there has always been a wealth gap, but from the mid 90s to the early 00s, it was beginning to close more and more. Now, it's the worst it's been in decades.
As far as criminal justice, African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population. One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime. That says nothing of the systemic stop-and-frisk policing that minorities are victim to throughout much of the country.
If I had to go back to a time period when things were "better", I'd at least go back to a period before the crash, when Blacks had all of the opportunities that you speak of in addition to the wealth they've earned prior to the recession. Say, 95 - 2004, when Whites only had six times the net worth of Blacks. Of course you still had that prison trend happening; a trend that's been rising fast since the 90s. We could refer back to an earlier period - before the US became "prison country" Perhaps the late 60s/early 70s, when the poverty rate was far lower and there weren't nearly as many Blacks being held in prison.