Losing the competition means that life is no picnic. Old prejudices die hard, and race is still a significant factor in determining whether a person is a winner or a loser in the U.S. Black people are disproportionately affected by many of the laws in the U.S. Speaking in an interview with Townhall, Rand Paul tells of a teenager from Philadelphia who was arrested for selling $40 worth of drugs, the police took his family home, forcing them onto the street—for $40 of drugs.
“…There is an undercurrent of unease in our country. In many of our cities, in many of our urban black populations, there is high unemployment, there is poverty, but there is also the sense, some of it justified maybe some of it not, but the sense that they are not being treated the same as white individuals,” remarked Rand Paul to Townhall.
Black Americans are quantitatively poorer than white Americans. The median household income was almost half that of white households, $34,500 compared to $58,000 and unemployment is twice that for black people, according to The Guardian. Race is a visible marker in American society. The Twitter hashtag #blacklivesmatter has a litany of examples of how people are discriminated against based on their race in everyday scenarios. From traffic violations to security guards tailing them, the economic connotations of black Americans are that they’re thieves or too poor to be somewhere, doing something.
Written by Abezier Coppe
(Photo courtesy of The All-Nite Images, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
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