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The likely future state of African Americans in 20-30 years if current negative trends of racism, discrimination, and prejudice persist

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If current negative trends of racism, discrimination, and prejudice persist, the future state of African Americans in 20-30 years could be bleak. Continued systemic inequalities may result in limited economic opportunities, educational disparities, and persistent social injustices. These challenges could hinder progress in achieving true equality and perpetuate cycles of poverty and marginalization within the African American community.

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Rasicm and African AmericansLooking at persistent racism, discrimination, and prejudice, if the current negative trends continue, what might the state of African Americans be in 20-30 years?

Access to (and belief in the possibility of gaining access to) resources seems like the greatest predictor and greatest stumbling block for all demographics that are historically "underprivileged". 

Prejudice, racism and discrimination are not necessarily the leading factors in determining a group's economic success or failure except where these factors directly determine a group's access to resources like education, transportation, and even grocery stores.

Part of the problem we are looking at here is how the basic issues get ignored, while political band-aids are applied in attempts to provide a balm as a big fix.

It's a case of treating the symptoms and not the cause.    

There are too many bright and active people in our world for me to imagine that in 20 years things will be worse along demographic lines. I have to think that sooner than later, we will recognize that communities without grocery stores - and where few people own cars - need to change logistically so that people aren't shopping at corner stores for food, overpaying, and essentially being stuck in a situation where there is no potential for moving up. This, of course, is just one example of how poverty becomes systemic and perpetual. It is a practical problem, born, perhaps, from racism, but now culturally entrenched.

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Rasicm and African AmericansLooking at persistent racism, discrimination, and prejudice, if the current negative trends continue, what might the state of African Americans be in 20-30 years?

It is difficult to predict which direction any part of our society will go in the next 20-30 years. But certainly there are some worrying trends with respect to African Americans. Young African-Americans have fewer educational and economic opportunities, and there are movements in schools across the country that would only reestablish de facto segregation, even in communities where it was largely overcome. In addition, budget concerns have local, state and federal government officials looking to weaken the social safety nets for many poor people, a population where African-Americans are disproportionately represented. An improving economy would certainly help, but it seems many Americans today have adopted the stance that racism is no longer a factor in African-Americans' lives, or at least not one that government ought to use its power and resources to attack.

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Rasicm and African AmericansLooking at persistent racism, discrimination, and prejudice, if the current negative trends continue, what might the state of African Americans be in 20-30 years?

I think that 20 or 30 years from now the African American community will be much more stratified than it is now.  Overt racist barriers will continue to fall, thus helping those who are already in the middle class.  But more barriers, not necessarily cause by racism, will hold down those who are poor.  Their status will get worse.  So there will be much more of a gap between haves and have nots.

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Looking at persistent racism, discrimination, and prejudice, if the current negative trends continue, what might the state of African Americans be in 20-30 years?

I agree with the previous posts that racial bigotry has declined during the past few decades; relations between whites and blacks are certainly better than they were in the 1960s. But I should point out that racial bigotry works both ways, since the previous posts seem to suggest that the problem exists entirely with white prejudice against African Americans.

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Looking at persistent racism, discrimination, and prejudice, if the current negative trends continue, what might the state of African Americans be in 20-30 years?

The above posters have really hit the nail on the head in that the problems of racism and discrimination exist in great degrees in terms of economics, incarceration and education. These three elements create a vicious cycle. Poverty and poor education often lead to incarceration which in turn hurts the family unit and leads to future generations of poverty of poor education, and then often incarceration. In addition we have to be concious of the fact that high incarceration rates for African American males is unquestionably a result of racism and discrimination. If the trends continue, I see a much larger portion of the African American population living in poverty and filling our prisons to the point of where our penal system in under great duress. Without a change in attitudes and education, I see a possible decrease in the African American population as a whole. This population will be suffering from the problems of third world countries (poverty, high infant mortality, decreased life span, increased disease) while living in a first world nation.

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Looking at persistent racism, discrimination, and prejudice, if the current negative trends continue, what might the state of African Americans be in 20-30 years?

I agree that overt, cultural racism is less of a factor in the lives of African-Americans today, and neither is the legal racism that black men and women faced less than a generation ago. But the problems were not just legal or cultural, they were economic, and there is very little support among many Americans for helping to overturn the economic legacies of Jim Crow. Poverty continues to affect African-Americans at a rate far disproportionate to whites, a factor that surely contributes to the incarceration rates described in the previous post. It also contributes to the massive achievement gap between African-American and white students, a problem which is in my opinion the biggest one facing education today. 

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Looking at persistent racism, discrimination, and prejudice, if the current negative trends continue, what might the state of African Americans be in 20-30 years?

First of all, it is hard to say that there are really negative trends in white attitudes towards African Americans today.  I would argue that there is less racism, discrimination, and prejudice today than there was thirty years ago.  

That said, things are obviously not perfect for the African American community.  The trend that I see as the most negative is the continuing trend towards high incarceration rates for African American men.  If this trend keeps up, the African American community (at least the parts of it that are at the lowest end of the socioeconomic ladder) will be even more depressed.  There will be even fewer stable families as more men are removed from the "marriageable" pool because they are in prison or have a hard time getting work due to their status as felons.

I would argue, then, that the trends in race relations are not uniformly negative.  However, there are trends that clearly point to the possibility of a decline in the status and situation of African Americans in the underclass.

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If current trends continue, what's the likely state of African Americans in the next 20-30 yrs?

I've spent years in a couple of more or less inner city schools observing middle level African American children, and unfortunately, I don't feel optimistic about the next few decades for these children.  However, it has less to do with their ethnic background than it does their economic status and the cycle of poverty.  Simply put, adults living in poverty (of all races) often live life just trying to survive and put food on the table each day--and the most well-meaning parent often does not have the time, knowledge, or support to get involved in their child's education.  Unfortunately, there are also a fair number of parents of all races and economic statuses that seem to believe that the schools are responsible for parenting their children.  Attacking the root of so many social problems starts with education, but that education needs to be a partnership between the home and school and all too often the schools get little to no support--although they certainly seem to get attacked any time society needs to point a finger and assign blame.  The schools I've observed are doing everything they can for all of their students, particularly the struggling ones, with the resources they have, but it is a drop in the ocean of problems that need to be dealt with. 

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