Empowerment of Black Lives Matter: Race, Crime and Employment

by erika_yeager on November 7, 2016 - 4:18pm

From actors to singers to authors to entrepreneurs, society is well-informed on the incredible stories of hard working African Americans escaping troubled backgrounds and neighborhoods to find wealth and happiness. What makes these experiences so special? They are so exceptional because over time, impoverished African Americans have become heavily concentrated in certain neighborhoods filled with violence, decreasing their opportunities for well paying jobs and education. In the (2016) article “Black youths, joblessness, and the other side of ‘Black Lives Matter,’” Wilson studies and clearly articulates the cycle experienced by many African Americans and how he hopes for an improvement in the job opportunities for youth. 


Wilson’s perspective is one I find relevant and true; many African Americans from these neighborhoods with prominent skills end up not getting paid well simply because of a lack of a better option, or any option at all. Unfortunately, these individuals’ tales of overcoming obstacles are not as prominent as they should be. Race and neighborhood are two factors that should not deter one’s path to finding employment and/or success. These racial and economic stigmas are much more than just a few bad decision makers or corrupt communities; they are structural and result of cultural environments. We as a society have become accustomed to these patterns of inequality; these “black neighborhoods” with excessive violence and lack of resources is normal.


From the title to the closing sentence, Wilson’s approach is innovative and calls to point ideals that cannot be ignored. I agree with his perspective on the choices African Americans are forced to make and what drives these forces. If you would like to read his impactful article for yourself, the link is below. 



Wilson, W. J. (2016). Black youths, joblessness, and the other side of 'black lives matter'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39(8), 1450-1457. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org.uri.idm.oclc.org/ 10.1080/01419870.2016.1153689


Erika, whilst reading the first sentences of your blog submission, I immediately knew that I was going to be taking your side and that we shared a common opinion about the cultural inequalities going on in the United States. I too believe that a big root part of the problem lies in the decreased opportunities and reduced access to adequate education and healthcare, which I believe is in itself an institutional problem (systemic racism). I found it especially interesting that you chose ‘neighbourhoods’ to combine with race as important variables to take into consideration when looking at one’s chances of finding proper employment and success, and I believe this to be entirely valid as environmental factors have been proven to be highly influential in cases of cultural differentiation and discrimination (In minority groups). I believe that this post is especially relevant when I look back at the class material me and my class covered earlier this year concerning systemic racism and how it can directly and in-directly affect people’s lives in such a grandiose manner. In common manner, I also believe that change lies in the way we deal with cultural stigma and how we’ll proceed with reforming the structural problems that cause such flagrant inequalities.

I was truly interested in reading this post, the tittle made me think of another article i read recently for my Anthropology class,"The Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism". The article was about the "Blacklivesmatter" movement as well, the article name is “Reclaiming the White Coat for Black lives” by authors: Amy Garvey, Denzel Woode and Charlotte S. Austin. It discussed Medial systems and how they are still discriminating people of color. It is a sad reality that not only minority groups are being discriminated everyday for various reasons, even in medical systems they are still the inferior group and are being treated differently. When i started to read your post, it made me want to read the article that you reflected on and it was sad to read that because people of color who live in poor neighborhood's have a harder time finding employment or success. I totally agree with you that this shouldn't be the case. Today's society has developed an attitude towards this general subject of "Race and Racism" and that it is normal for minority groups to be less successful or inferior to white people. Most people are not well informed on this subject and it should be discussed more and we should teach our future children about Race and Racism and how it is an issue that we need to address and be aware of. Overall, i really enjoyed your post it really got me thinking!

What first drew me to this post was the tittle " Empowerment of Black Lives Matter: Race, Crime and Employment”, because the BLM movement has been really impacting the US right now. By talking about it more and more we incite people to think and talk about it which, in my opinion will help bring light of the problem that we currently have. After I read the article I wasn’t shock of what I read, but I was still very disappointed. In my anthropology class “The Myth of Race and The Reality of Racism” and in my “African American Literature” English class, I’ve learn plenty about the injustice that racism bring to people of colour. I am astonished when someone believe racism doesn’t exist, there’s people that are discriminated because they have a different skin tone, just because you don’t get affected by it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Some people might say, “we all have equal opportunities” but this article proves that we might have equal opportunity but we don’t have the same obstacle that make us achieve these opportunities. As I remember in my anthropology class, we’ve talk about racial profiling and we’ve watch the 13th, where it talked about mass incarceration and how the population of the prison has a particular “Race” that are majority. This shows, a certain race is treated less favorable because of racial profiling by police force.

The first thing that drew me to this post was the catchy title. These days many discussions are about the Black Lives Matter Movement and I wanted to know what this article had to say about it. Reading carefully your post, it made me realize how much people from another ethnicity or race struggle to have a better lifestyle. I think it is nonsense that people receive less job opportunities simply because of where they live. This needs to change! When you mentioned that many African Americans from these neighborhoods end up not being paid as much or at all du to a better options made me think of a concept I saw in my Race and Racism class. In fact, it made me think of individual racism which is defined by a form of racial discrimination that stems from conscious and personal prejudice. I related this concept to this article since not being paid well enough simply because of where you come from has no link with how much skills you have to perform this job, but only because of who you are as a person. Overall, I thought your post was very good and it made me really think on reading this article!

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