Getting Out Of The Lion’s Den

Getting Out Of The Lion's Den

Written By: Dr. Debra Franklin

        The people also called “African Americans,” are a deeply religious people despite having survived four hundred years of slavery, racism, discrimination, poverty, unemployment, murder and police brutality…the Most Highest through it all has sustained us and more than any other of the cultures in this great melting pot called America we continue to call upon YHWH and profess our belief in Divine Creation.  Indeed it estimated that eighty three percent of Hebrews also called “African Americans,” believe in the Creator of the bible with another seventy five percent saying that religion is very important and sixty percent saying it is important (Pew.org). Yet with our neighborhoods teeming with mega-churches, cathedrals and mosques and our call for divinity, we also have more dialysis centers in our communities and violence and one overwhelming truth prevails: we as a people are still suffering disproportionately.

 

Even now, after all our work to integrate and maintain peace with those who afflict us, we have the highest infant mortality rate, nearly that of women in so-called “third world countries”.  “African American,” women’s rate of infant mortality was 10.97% in 2017, more than twice the rates among White, Asian and Hispanic women (Galvin, 2019). There are also health care disparities that leave clinics and hospitals  in our communities beset with inequalities and in the greater communities we face uneven access to services. 

It should also be mentioned that “African-Americans,” are incarcerated in state prisons at a rate that is 5.1 times the imprisonment of Whites. In five states (Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Vermont and Wisconsin) the disparity is more than 10 to 1 (Nellis 2016). In a earlier study it was estimated the lifetime chances of a person going to prison are higher for “African Americans,” than  Hispanics (9.4) and Whites (2.5) (Bonczar, Beck Ph.D 1997). Over twenty years later nothing much as changed as “African Americans,” still have the highest imprisonment rates. 

In our community, we have the highest unemployment figures as well.  In the first quarter of 2020, “African American,” workers had the highest unemployment rate nationally, at 6.3%, followed by Hispanics workers (at 4.8%), White workers (at 3.1%), and Asian workers (at 2.9%) (Williams, 2020). And when you look at the diseases that affect us again more than any other community present in America (White, Asian and Hispanic)