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Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2023

Bill Past Due: What America Owes Black Folks

Samuel M Maceno

Junior, Political Science


Black people have been victims of economic racism which has led to multiple ongoing problems within the community. The way in which America has coped with such a disparity has been the proliferation of poor housing, what has been called the war on crime, a tremendous income gap, and inadequate education which includes a myriad of other disparities found within in the schools that are planted in most of our urban communities. This smoke screen of equality can be traced back as far as the early 1900’s as America continues to become a land of opportunity with liberty and justice for some. Today, as we are all positioned to become more aware of these incessant issues that are found within the black community, it is extremely critical and necessary to recognize that black people have historically been and continue to be denied the liberties that supposedly bring us to the American table. Economic advancement, fair housing, and political equality and justice are but the basics of what America owes to our people.


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