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Taylor_HamiltonParticipantJune 4, 2020 at 1:44 amPost count: 4
E) Throughout the “1619 Project” it is widely discussed that during the time of enslaved blacks in America was crucial as it built the American economy at large. Owning property, land, and slaves put white individuals at a higher economic position. As enslaved black people were not considered as human but rather property, because of this black ultimately built a large portion of the early American economy with the free labor on plantations around the country.
At the end of slavery black individuals were faced inequality of economic opportunity. What now we can consider African Americans were thrown out into society without any resources to strive economically. The African Americans that did not directly enter society as others did started their free lives off as share cropping which ultimately was slavery and in fact put many African Americans into debt. During the period where we saw many African Americans going into share cropping they worked in order to have food and other goods but the longs day of work would not cover their housing, causing them to owe plantation owners an abundance of money.
I think the transition from a life of slavery to a life of freedom put African Americans at a great economic disadvantage that persist to this day. Because of not having the opportunity to have economic equality many African Americans have been forced into poverty and modern-day slavery through low paying jobs and pushed into the New Jim Crow through mass incarceration. This ultimately has put African communities in more and more debt and poverty. With the health of these communities are negatively impacted as they cannot afford the resources to live healthy lifestyles.
To conclude all these ideas, the attitudes towards blacks during slavery and the lack of resources during the transition to free life has ultimately as a whole put African Americans at a disadvantage. Because of this putting these communities more and more in dept not allowing them to have they desirable credit that plays a large role in our American lives. Living in poverty does not make having a healthy life be one of your top priorities as most in those communities are honestly trying to survive just by having just the bare minimum things to survive.Taylor_HamiltonParticipantJune 3, 2020 at 11:21 pmPost count: 4
D) One can conclude that more people of color are affected and dying from chronic diseases in America. Even further people from lower socioeconomic are affected at large as well. This can be for a variety of reason and I believe has to do with income and the food and services that they can afford. People of color in lower income communities have less resources to get healthier options of food. Many times, we see people of lower socioeconomic status consuming a lot of processed foods and a less balanced diets. Things such as fruits and veggies and home cooked meals just not be practical for lower income families, fruits and veggies are more expensive than some options of things such as frozen or fast foods. The death rate due to chronic diseases may have to do with the medical care that people of low socioeconomic lack or able to afford. Many times, medical bills are very high, and in areas of poverty it is more difficult to find facilities that are specialized and provide the best care. The prevalence of chronic diseases in low socioeconomic communities of color are due to income and the resources available in their communities.Taylor_HamiltonParticipantMay 27, 2020 at 11:47 pmPost count: 4
After reading the “1619 Project” I was saddened by many of the vivid stories that were included, it bothered me to think about all the things that blacks have gone through in America, and the fact that still in 2020 African Americans do still do not get the treatment or opportunities that we deserve. Through reading about many tragedies African Americans have had to go through it makes me feel more enlightened and motivated to continue to fight for change in the black community. It has become more important to me after reading the stories in the “1619 Project” to use my education and leadership skill to fight against the health disparities that minority Americans face still to this day. The language that was used was a bit surprising to me as I have never experienced blatant racism and hate towards people just based off the color of their skin. It saddens me that black Americans have had to go through such brutal treatment as if they have truly done wrong, but instead have been the foundation of building this country. It is obvious that many of these issues are at large still today and it is our job to continue to fight against the odds until we get the equality, treatment, and the opportunities that we deserve. Overall, I think that the “1619 Project” was a very important thing for people to be aware of and to consider in our everyday American life.Taylor_HamiltonParticipantMay 27, 2020 at 5:06 pmPost count: 4
After Viewing “From Separate to Equal, The Creation of Truman Medical Center” I felt very motivated to continue my journey of becoming a black nurse. Throughout the film there were things that made me upset because they were just plain wrong and were done solely because of racism. The things that stood out to me the most was when the black physicians were failed by the white physicians just because of their race, also it was very upsetting when the African Americans were told they couldn’t do certain things just because they did not have the skills because they were black. The attitudes towards the blacks wanting to better themselves and help their community were most profound to me and it sadden me a great deal. This is clearly still a great problem today as we rarely see black nurses and it is even more rare for one to come across a black doctor, in fact I have never personally have had either. This means to me that there are still roadblocks in the system, and it is important that we overcome these roadblocks to have more blacks in our healthcare system. Currently working as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, I know the difference it makes to the patient when they are a person of color having a person of color provide care to them. On multiple occasions when I have taken care of patients of color the have stated that I have made them feel more comfortable and secure in their healing process. Overall the things that the African Americans had to go through in the video did not come as an surprise to me but it did motivate me to work harder and to continue to go as far as I can in my career because of the hard work and dedication those individuals went and paved the way in order to try to save our race.