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There are too many single mothers, too many black men in jail or dead and too many black babies aborted. That's the negative and as long as politicians focus on negatives they are unlikely to generate positives. Here are some of the positives.
Black Christian News Network 1 has compiled figures culled from the
BCNN1 also cites troubling trends that in some cases outweigh the gains: Median net wealth of black households fell from
The disparity between reality and impression is most shocking and inhibits those African Americans locked in a prison of underachievement from breaking free. Figures compiled by the FBI in 2012 show that 69.3 percent of all crimes are committed by whites with just 28.1 percent committed by blacks, and yet in 2010, cites BCNN1, black men were six times as likely as white men to be incarcerated in federal, state and local prisons and jails.
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How to overcome these conditions? Start by retiring the song "We Shall Overcome Someday." Then begin teaching and modeling what is necessary for African-American success and then make those standards a top priority of government, church and most importantly culture.
The message at all levels should be: Stay in school, don't have babies out of wedlock, get married and stay married, be a father to your children, adopt a religious life and don't take drugs. These are on-ramps to the road to achievement.
The cultural stereotypes that portray black men as oversexed thugs who can't speak proper English and who dress as if they are on their way to a street fight must be curtailed. Embracing low-class behavior ensures that one is likely to remain in the lower class. Following examples of successful black men and women and ignoring peer pressure to follow a road that leads nowhere will improve one's chances of success.
Solutions to the problems of black America are not a secret, but they must be taught at every level. They begin by allowing parents to choose where their children go to school. More than anything else, a good education will help black children cross a bridge that leads to an even better destination than the one marchers reached last weekend.