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Being Black in America entails navigating a complex landscape shaped by historical legacies, systemic inequalities, and pervasive stereotypes. Persistent racial disparities manifest across various domains, including education, employment, healthcare, and criminal justice.


Moreover, the social fabric is marred by pervasive racial stereotypes and microaggressions. The psychological toll of navigating a society that often undermines the capabilities and worth of Black individuals is profound. Systemic racism, embedded in policies and institutions, further reinforces these negative perceptions.


But what defines Blackness?


There’s light-skinned and dark-skinned, house negroes and field negroes, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois, and spiritual and trifling; across the diaspora, the divide is wide yet, we are still unified as we all seek that one common goal of equality and a satisfying life.


While progress has been made, the road to racial equity is long and arduous. Advocacy, education, and policy reforms are essential to dismantle the structural barriers that impede the full realization of opportunities and equality for Black Americans. Addressing these obstacles requires a collective effort to challenge ingrained prejudices, dismantle systemic racism, and build a more just and inclusive society.


These short essays are designed to focus on the paradigms that signify what it means to being Black (in America).  Our multi-faceted successes are on full display as this book will take you on a journey that begat on August 20, 1619, when “20 and odd” Angolans, kidnapped by the Portuguese, arrived in the British colony of Virginia and are then bought by English colonists, to the present-day idealism of wokeness.


How much did that purposeful disconnection from our African roots affect us and are we a new breed of people ever since the horrors of The Middle Passage? Does our Blackness harm us? If so, then how can we transpose that ‘curse’ and have it benefit us in education, wealth, religion, health, sports and every other facet of life?


For more info: https://www.mafoombay.com/



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