What were and are the complexities and multiplicities of the African/Black American experience?

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What was the meaning of the Black Panther slogan “Guns and Butter.”

What were and are the complexities and multiplicities of the African/Black American experience?

Jelani Cobb said, “There has always been a double vision of America. America as a land of opportunity and also as a land that has a rigid racial hierarchy.” Angela Glover Blackwell said, “In the 70s, we really had a tale of three cities.” What do they mean by this, and how has this impacted the African American community? Do you think this “tale of three cities” and “double vision” persisted throughout the 80s, 90s, and today?

Have circumstances changed much for African/Black Americans with what they have been through past and present? Make sure to look at the people as a whole and not the “token” or select few.

To make amends for the past and present experiences, what three immediate actions should be taken to address what you would consider most effective and efficient in creating long-term change and improving the people as a whole.

For each action, explain to me what is needed and how it would get done. By this, I mean monies, laws, policies, or whatever would be required and needed. Nothing is too extreme or out of the question.

If your plan affects anyone outside of the African/Black American community with your actions, explain how you plan to appease them. Is appeasement required or necessary?

What about those within the African/Black American community who think your proposal is too much or too little?

Where do you see the African/Black American community in 10 to 20 years?

What issues or situations do you see the African/Black American community dealing with or existing in this nation’s future?

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As written from the essay by Evie Shockley—History, for Black people in the United States is and always has been deeply charged and highly contested. The Middle Passage and centuries of slavery created a rupture in the transmission of cultural memory and related practices that connected the descendants of captive Africans with their ancestral past. This trauma was compounded by racist laws and customs that left the lives of the enslaved documented poorly, if at all. From the colonial period until well into the twentieth century, white people in power generally recorded those aspects of Black existence deemed economically or politically profitable (such as gender, purchase price, or demographic numbers). In contrast, Black people were widely denied the literacy, resources, or access necessary to maintain thorough records of their own. As a result, until as recently as fifty years ago, the nation’s history was primarily taught and promoted as a narrative constructed by, for, and about the most powerful members of the populace, in which Black people (and Black women in particular) rarely appeared, except in the most negative light.

According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, “Black or African American” refers to a person
having origins in any of Africa’s Black racial groups. The Black racial category includes people who marked the “Black, African Am., or Negro” checkbox. It also includes respondents who reported entries such as African American; Sub-Saharan African entries, such as Kenyan and Nigerian; and Afro-Caribbean entries, such as Haitian and Jamaican.*

*Sub-Saharan African entries are classified as Black or African American except for Sudanese and Cape Verdean because of their complex historical heritage. North African entries are classified as White, as OMB defines White as a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

The 2010 Census showed that the United States population on April 1, 2010, was 308.7 million. Out of the total population, 38.9 million people, or 13 percent, identified as Black alone.

Also, 3.1 million people, or 1 percent, reported Black in combination with one or more other races. Together, these two groups totaled 42.0 million people. Thus, 14 percent of all people in the United States identified as Black.

The total U.S. population grew by 9.7 percent, from 281.4 million in 2000 to 308.7 million in 2010. In comparison, the Black alone population grew by 12 percent, from 34.7 million to 38.9 million.14 The Black alone-or-in-combination community experienced more growth than the total population, and the Black alone population growing by 15 percent.

Blacks who reported more than one race grew at a much faster rate than the Black alone population.
In the 2010 Census, 3.1 million people reported being Black in combination with one or more additional races. The multiple-race Black population grew faster than the Black alone population, growing by more than three-fourths in size since 2000. The largest multiple-race combination was Black and White among people who reported Black and one or more additional races, the majority identified as Black and White (59 percent).

The ten states with the largest Black alone-or-in-combination populations in 2010 were New York 17.6% (3.3 million), Florida 16.9% (3.2 million), Texas 12.9% (3.2 million), Georgia 32.6% (3.1million), California 6.5% (2.7 million), North Carolina 22.2% (2.2 million), Illinois 14.6% (2.0 million), Maryland 31.1% (1.8 million), Virginia 19.9% (1.7 million), and Ohio 13.1% (1.5 million).

The South was the region where Blacks comprised the most significant proportion of the total population.
The South was the region where the Black alone-or-in-combination population constituted the most significant proportion of the total population, at 20 percent, which reflects 55% in the South, 18% in the Midwest, 17% in the Northeast, and 10% in the West of the overall Black alone-or-in-combination population nationwide.

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