America has a long history of racism and discrimination against its Black community. One has to keep in mind the centuries long history of slavery which came to an end only over one century ago in the South. It is also necessary to remind of how close to us is the end of segregation, as its abolition dates from less than fifty years. Jim Crow racism is fortunately no longer accurate nowadays. However, these obvious and official discrimination against Blacks did not vanish in one day and Blacks are still discriminated against in many ways which for most of them stem from this short-term and long-term past. First and foremost remain mentalities. Not talking about openly racist behaviors or sayings such as those of Bill Benett lately, Whites and Blacks' minds remain biased by centuries of unequal relations.
[...] These areas happen to be mainly black and this shows how an apparently universal and non discriminatory measure eventually turns out to create an affirmative action for Whites. Other instances might be developed, such as social security policies or education policies. Referring specifically to Ellis Cose's Rage of the Privilege Class, describe how you would help the white community understand why even affluent African Americans support the proposal It is widely believed by a great amount of white people that affirmative action is endorsed by the poorer among the black community who use it as a way to elevate in the society. [...]
[...] That is why we support two “promising practices in racial reconciliation”, which are one of the most effective ways to address racial issues. The first project is inspired from the Have a Dream Foundation”. The underlying assumption underpinning this foundation is of great interest: anyone can succeed provided that he is supported. The promising practice I suggest would be based on this idea and would consist of private tuitions given by graduated students. White graduated would automatically teach black students and vice versa. [...]
[...] Describe a vision for the future of race relations in the city that you would want to communicate to both the white and black communities and clearly describe two different projects or activities you would suggest to help move the city closer to that vision The Mayor's commitment to bridge the gap between the different communities is not only focused on school but covers many aspects of people's everyday life. Bringing these communities closer to each other requires more than money as it has been shown so far. [...]
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