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African Americans continue to have high levels of poverty compared to European Americans What are the causes of these problems and what are some possible remedies for the future How are African American women faced with even more discrimination than African American men Theres an old saying that you dont know where youre going if you dont know where youve come from To explore our options of improving social justice in the future we must first take a look at our past There are specific reasons why African Americans continuously maintain high levels of poverty in the United States These reasons can be linked to discrimination lack of education as well as job opportunities Work force has a huge impact on the racialization of poverty These reasons will affect the children of our future Year after year since the beginning of World War II real wages and living standards rose continuously for the typical American person working for a living When in the middle of the 1960s the War on Poverty was declared the poor were looked at as the people who were left behind They were not sharing in social contract because they were a racial minority African Americans were pushed further and further away from the typical white lifestyle Lack of job opportunities education as well as discrimination played a huge role in the economic status of African Americans Not to mention that if you are an African American female you face double the discrimination because of your sex and the color of your skinThe number of black children born into poverty was 43 in 19681 That number was increased to 46 in 1987 and has dropped by one percent since then2 Half of the black women in America are heads of households and half of them live with their children in poverty In 1965 the average poorest quintile of an African American household was 10624 in comparison to a white households income
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