Successful Young Men - Black vs White Perception
According to the Economic Policy Institute, Black Men make twenty-two percent (22%) less than White Men with the same background. We actually don't need a survey to tell us there is a never ending gap in wages between blacks and whites. This is the reality of young Black Men in America today and this is why people of color will hardly get the respect or credit they so much deserve.
These young Black Men will always be seen as inferior and less important by many regardless of the hurdles they have to endure on a daily basis. Parents, regardless of race needs to start raising their kids to see colored people as human beings that deserve to be treated with respect and dignity like everyone else. Employees must do better and have open minds; open doors and see people, not colors.
No surprise that when a young Black Man fights through ten times the hurdle as his counterpart with a lighter skin pigmentation to earn way less, this fight to succeed is not only undermined but also insulted. His every movement is scrutinized under a microscope and every positive action he takes is undermined by those who are more concerned about his motives than they are about the difference being made. We can do better as a society and we must do better as Christians.
These are the top 5 things that most people (including blacks and whites) say about thriving young men. You compare and contrast by the numbers and tell me where I'm wrong.
Young Black Man
- He must be a drug dealer (Marijuana, Cocaine, etc)
- He must be an entertainer (Hip-hop/R&B artist, Movie Star, TV Actor, etc.)
- He must be an athlete or ball player (Basketball, Football, Baseball player)
- He is guilty until proven innocent (looks suspicious)
- He is judged and convicted based on one mistake (I told you that's who he is)
- He must have a good paying job (Goldman Sachs, Wall Street, etc)
- He must own a good business (CEO, MGR, etc)
- He must be from a wealthy family (Inheritance, Building on family legacy, etc)
- He is considered innocent until proven guilty (he's just different)
- He must have made a mistake (Everyone makes mistakes)
Bad perception is why we have certain group of people living on the other side of the tracks with very little to no economic or social opportunities. When these same people get angry and ask to be treated like humans, we question their fitness for a job position or social status based on where they live - the same place they were forced to live in based on history of inequality. May the almighty be merciful to us all.