For a long time, the concepts of black oppression and privilege have been debated by many scholars. The oppression has been built in every level of the society while privilege has seen many black people take pride in their color without any fear.
The black people are opposed at every level of the society. They control less of the wealth because they are subjected to lower incomes. For every 100 dollars that a white individual earns in income, the black people about 57.30 dollars (Rugh & Massey, 2014). The skewed-income translates to a wealth ownership of only about 2.6 percent compared to 90 percent among the whites (Rugh & Massey, 2014). The majority of the black people are unemployed. The unemployment rate of the black people is twice that of their white counterparts (Lartey, 2018). The high unemployment rate is as a result negative reviews by property owners and former employers. The black people are also oppressed in school in which majority of black students are suspended or expelled for petty offenses. These students end up in the criminal justice system further increasing their chances of being incarcerated as adults. The oppression creates a feeling of despair. The oppression at all levels of society means there are humdrum activities that the black people cannot boldly participate in without suspicion arising or police called in to intervene.
The black people also enjoy marked privileges within the American society. The blacks are free to form clubs and association that address their needs, yet the white population may not form such groups because it is considered racist. Further, many corporations offer many scholarships and mentorship programs to more black workers than the white. The privilege accorded by corporations is seen as affirmative action and an attempt to bridge the economic inequality gap (Blake, 2016). The black community is given the opportunity to celebrate its history and diversity for an entire month, yet the white do not have such privileges. They also land coveted college scholarship as well enjoy activism careers built on racial grievances.
The black oppression is demonstrated by high unemployment rates and less wealth ownership as well as increased student incarceration. Nevertheless, some of the black people enjoy privileges in careers and successes because of coveted scholarships offered by corporations and colleges on the basis of affirmative action.
Blake, J. (2016). It’s time to talk about ‘black privilege’. CNN. Retrieved from https://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/30/us/black-privilege/index.html.
Lartey, J. (2018). Oppression in America: ‘To root this out we need a movement against racist policies’. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/06/everyday-racism-in-america-how-to-fix-it.
Rugh, J., & Massey, D. (2014). Segregation in Post-Civil Rights America: Stalled integration or end of the segregated century? Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 11(2), 205-232.