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Week 11 More Than Just Race

Just as the title of the article goes, “More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City” is the information in it. The article is anchored on finding the factors that promote the presence of racism within the cities in the United States. Racism cannot just happen without factors that someone can base its argument on, so the article shows. The author of the article examines race as a result of culture and social structure within the city. The author however warns that despite that the study if tailored to the African-American that does not mean that it is petty to them only. The book further categorizes the culture into to two aspects that assist in the development of the reasons that inspire racism. National views and beliefs on race and cultural traits are the major categorizations that the book embraces.

The articles also points on how the culture is shaped. It is important to know that the culture of a people is and more so those who live in areas that are racially segregated tends to influence certain cultural traits. The author further elaborates that the habit of living in racial segregation is likely not favorable to mobility. Moreover, the author is emphatic that researchers have not done research to determine if the cultural traits developed have negative outcomes within the cities. Besides, the author points that the researchers are most likely fear the criticism of supporting the view that most people have on such cultures. The cultural habits are viewed to relate to poverty, unemployment, drug addiction and crime within the inner of the city.

The research as shows, there are a number of disadvantages of bringing children up in poor black neighborhoods. The research elaborates on such locations as those that are disadvantaged. It further elaborates that if the children are brought up in such an environment, they are likely to face difficulties in academic growth. The research points on the disadvantages that: the neighboring environment within which a child is brought up influences the development of verbal cognitive ability.  It is interesting to note the research also found that the African-American children seem to be disadvantaged. The results were based on investigating African-American children who lived in disadvantaged localities compared to other children. The findings insinuate that the African-American children who previously lived in these disadvantaged localities were determined to have 6IQ points compared to those others who lived in such conditions previously. The gap has been equated to a difference of one year in class. Also, the research had the last finding as the ability of the manifestation of effects of living in such areas several years later.  Conversely, the research further elaborates that the existence of the Blacks within the U.S within the same region is based on the cultural traits they have ascribed over a period of time. The research elaborates that, those from an area of the same language descent and economic status tend to attract each other within the same region. The government is tasked with a major task by the author of determine policies that favor excellent cultural structure. John Kennedy fought against racism and ensured that the whites were not the only ones  enjoys building projects, Jim Crow segregation, public school segregation and other forms of racism. However, the author is of the opinion that as much as Kennedy supported the fight against racism in the US, there has been difficulties of formulation and implementation of sound practices because of the legislators. The author invokes the legislators to take steps that would safeguard America from racial division.  Finally, as highlights at the beginning, the use of the African-American in the research does not in any way insinuate that they are the only ones who are affected. The research indicates that there is underlying decay, called tribalism, and what he has done is just but giving an example to critic law makers to do much better.



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