Today we spoke to a few panelists that will be gathering at the Cross Street AME Zion Church in Middletown tomorrow to talk about the State of Black Connecticut. Many different groups of people in Connecticut are being affected - but today we focused on African Americans... who have almost double the unemployment rate of the rest of the state. We talked about economic factors and how the state of our education (and abysmal acheivement gap) perpetuate the problem.
We had a few comments after the show. Noel sent us an email:
It's been only 45 years since the Civil Rights Act, and the generation that tenaciously held on to segregation and the residual racism is alive and well. Certainly their values were passed on to their children. I''m from SC and have observed that racism is more subtle in the north but just as vicious and discriminatory in the social, political and educational context. African Americans are the only group in all of human history that was released from 400 years of slavery without any compensation -a golden opportunity missed to aide people to restoration and dignity. The 40 acres and a mule was a broken promise.
The fact of the matter is that the African American problem is everybody's problem. We can relocate, isolate and stigmatize, but in the wisdom of ML King, Jr, "We are all caught in an inescapble network of mutuality tied to a single garment of destiny, and whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.
And Sara left a comment on Facebook:
I would love to see an honest dialog on race, however my feeling is that many white people will choose not to participate if they feel they will be chastised for their opinions if they are contrary to popular "anti-racism" beliefs.