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Are anti-black sentiments in the USA today the same ones that were around 20 years...

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akatude | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM via web

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Are anti-black sentiments in the USA today the same ones that were around 20 years ago?

What are some examples of “anti-black” sentiments present in the USA today?  Are they the same sentiments that were present 20 years ago?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM (Answer #2)

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I think that the major stereotype that continues today is that African Americans do not want to work hard to get ahead.  This is a stereotype that has been around at least since the days of slavery.  It was around 20 years ago and it's still around (among some people) today.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 25, 2012 at 9:01 PM (Answer #3)

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Crime statistics don't help to reduce anti-black sentiments. Black males make up more than 35% of America's prison population--nearly three times the population of African Americans (12.6%) in the United States.

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:46 PM (Answer #4)

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I think some of the anti-sentiments are still present today as they were 20 years ago. One example is laziness---I don't think it is true--but I do think some older generations think this way. I wish we could progress as a nation and do away with all the stereotypes. I remain hopeful that we will....one day.

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted July 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM (Answer #5)

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Of course those sentiments are still around. Even with having a highly accomplished, brilliant black president, many others still choose to view blacks as lazy or incompetent. There are many accomplished blacks, but people get used to believing the stereotypes because it's comfortable for them.

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