“Black Americans now have much greater economic, political, and academic opportunity than they did 50 years ago”, said Stacy Swimp, president of the Frederick Douglass Society.
“Nine times out of ten, there are no permanent boundaries around you today that you do not place around yourself,” he said.
“While much of King’s dream has been fulfilled, there is still much tension between blacks and whites”, said Swimp.
“When certain instances come to pass, you see how deep the tension goes,” he said, alluding to the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer George Zimmerman.”
“Remnants of institutional discrimination also remain in some places” , said Swimp. “One example: The Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 was intended, in part, to stop black laborers from undercutting their unionized white competitors. It is still enforced today in a way that disproportionately impacts minority workers.”
Swimp blamed the woes of many black Americans on the community having “morally surrendered.”
“We have turned a blind eye to things that are destroying our communities and that are responsible for what we are getting,” he said.
He pointed to the breakdown of the black family and prevalent abortion of black babies as examples of moral surrender.
Swimp also attributed some blame for the breakdown of the black family on federal welfare programs, which he said encourage single motherhood.
Seventy-two percent of all black babies were born to a single mother in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
(I also, along with others, called for a spiritual renewal within the Black American community)
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