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