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African Americans Dilemma : The Egg & The Chicken

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With roughly 40-50 million African-Americans disappointed, heart-broken over the Zimmerman Trial, Americans should ask themselves a very critical and big question. America must accept it has a problem. It is not new. Only it has been dormant until the Trayvon-Zimmerman encounter took place.
It will be wrong and a serious mistake to undermine or ignore the depth of the wound, the frustration and the sorrow among African American community over the Zimmerman trial. It is a wound that may be temporarily pacified but can erupt if not treated from the roots.
The Question :  Is the discrimination against young African Americans in the job market, university admissions, ...etc is pushing young African-Americans to poverty and despair which in turn pushes them to crime and violence. Or is criminal trend among some young African-Americans is the reason for the discrimination against them.
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For me the answer is clear. If there was no recent history of discrimination against African Americans, then, both analysis would have the same probability. 
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But knowing how deep was the racial discrimination against African Americans in the not so distant past, it is clearly the former not the latter. I can say after living in America 4 years in the late seventies early eighties, and being a frequent visitor since then, America didn't succeed in integrating the African American minority with the European American majority.
Money and Education can make a good looking guy who will not scare people when he joins them in the elevator. I am referring to President Obama's recent remarks on Trayvon Martin's death.  
An African American father who could not find a job, can not put his children in higher education, so they can't find jobs and steady income. Naturally a poor, uneducated person will not have a good appearance and that is why he scares people in the elevator.
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African and European Americans are all Americans and destined to live together indefinitely. No gated community or guns or even machine guns can keep them separate . Trayvon's death regardless of the trial, should trigger serious, honest debate about where is the chicken and where is the egg in this explosive issue
Hamad S Alomar
Riyadh

 

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