“Black Lives Matter Focuses On Non Issues. Here’s Why The Black Community Is Poor”

Youtube Vlogger, Josephine Mathias, has some thoughts regarding the Black Condition in America.  I find her thoughts interesting. I won’t say anything beyond that. Just watch the video and share your thoughts below:

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  1. There seems to be a lot of qualitative analysis in context of quantitative metrics. I wonder how much is this based on what the sister feels versus what the research says. The wealth inequity in the black community is directly connected to redlining in the 1940-60s and the creation of the highway system that disproportionately targeted communities of color destroying black business epicenters. However the sister says that it is difficult to ascertain where the wealth gap comes from. Of course slavery, Jim crow and discrimination is causation however if one can’t identify systemic problems one can only assess subjectively what can solve what is a bigger issue

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for posting this on your site. This is the type of material I discuss on my blog. It’s so crazy because I first noticed this tension between the African American and the American African in when I was called a watered down African by someone who was American African. I know and have talked with a few individuals who are from various countries in Africa and they all have a negative perception of African Americans. I love the African Community/Culture and this is why I dedicated a blog entitled World’s Apart: The African American and The American African. It’s a collaboration with a young lady from Zambia. She too, sees this division and I’m so glad I will be putting out this material very soon.

    A little bit about me I’m a graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies( according to this young lady my degree is nothing to her) But I have never committed a crime and My gpa was a 3.4 which is not the best but it’s not bad either. I’m the first graduate of my family and yes my mother was single and did a wonderful job raising me. Although she never got a college degree she did encourage me to get mine. I did very very well in college even though I had no one to look up to. I was on the deans list several times. My mind set is I don’t want to have children right now because I’m not financially stable. Every job I’ve applied for since graduating college I was more then qualified for it. I had more of everything they were looking for but some how I didn’t get the job after making it all the way to the end. This happened with five jobs. One of these jobs in particular called me and told me to apply for a position with their company that just posted. When I come into the interview her attitude towards me when I walked into the first interview was very rude and short. I was shocked because she personally called me and by they way she was interviewing me it was as if she didnt do this at all. Yeah you can say that just want interviewers do and I will say to you, you don’t have to be rude when doing an interview. Being rude and short wont help you see if I’m a good candidate or not because I was raised to be nice and respect others

    I say all that to say this I agree with the comment above me about my fellow sister from Nigeria about how much is based on what our sister feels versus what the research says. 95 percent of my fellow African’s I’VE meet have a very very bad perceptions of African Americans. Everything I meet someone from Africa they say, ” Oh you seem so different and not like the rest, you’re not like them. You don’t have multiple kids and using bad language” You right , It’s because of how I was raised. I try to swallow and be as polite as I can as I educate them about us. In my opinion and experience they receive all their information about the African American Community from various media outlets as well as entertainment. Get to know us, our story and then make your video over. Because I’m a very educated women and I will never be lead by the media or statistics. There are may factors as to why things are the way they are and just looking at statistics and the media isn’t going to be a good analysis of the point you’re tying to make. Do some field work Boo.

    My sistah if you know of any one hiring in Ohio tell them this educated and intelligent African American woman is need of a job. I’ve done all I can to get into Corporate America- they don’t want to let me in.

    Sincerely,

    Blackwomeneducatednowwhat

  3. She is Nigerian that’s why she feels that way. The three things she listed are in her culture so why did her parents not suceed there?

  4. I have to echo what During said. Now look this young lady has a couple of good points relative to culture. Yes there is a culture that exists among many black people that is self defeating. That can’t be denied. But what she and many other black immigrants who come to America fail to recognize is how the culture came to be. Wealth is definitely a contributing factor. Not just from the standpoint of affording a good education but also from the standpoint of being able to move into an environment or neighborhoods that have quality schools. As Duron mentioned one of contributing factors of the wealth gap has alot to do with redlining- while our own government was handing out loans to white people they were handing out public housing to black folks. So that barred black folks from having the ability to pass on wealth to the next generation, leaving them in ghettos. We all know that ghettos don’t get investments as do white neighborhoods. Another contributing factor of how the education disparities came to be has to do with having 95% white teachers who don’t understand the culture of black kids, you have the no tolerance policy that leads to the prison pipeline. You have schools with outdated resources, you have white politicians allowing drugs to infiltrate the community. You have children having to be the caregiver’s of their siblings. While white folks give drug treatment to other white folks they send black folks to jail. You have a whole bunch of issues that got black folks to this position. While she’s spitting out numbers being condescending telling us to keep up she fails to address the fact that once black folks were emancipated they became the fastest growing group to receive an education. They acquired it so fast it drew attention to politicians and businessmen which prompted them to send out superintendents to hinder any further group. She also fails to address or simply don’t know that many black communities in America became so affluent that white folks became so jealous that they destroyed and killed black people and their towns and neighborhoods. So yes she’s correct that the culture needs to change but she’s dead wrong on how to change it. Her little 3 or 4 point plan or suggestions don’t address policies designed to to prevent a growing educated class of blacks. She should do more research into history. Cause to know where you going you got to know where you been. And where we’ve been was to hell and back. We should be praised because after all that’s been done to us, we’re still standing. Maybe on crutches but nevertheless we are standing. So the right solutions include advocating for harsher legislation and policies that economically equals out the playing field, one of which Black Lives Matter do advocate for.

  5. I couldn’t even get through the entire video. As someone who has an undergrad degree in sociology, it made me cringe to hear some of the things that she’s conflating. She also doesn’t seem well-versed on how things like red-lining have kept Black Americans from the American Dream, which is owning wealth (home(s)) in areas that appreciate in value. Or, the systematic de-valuing of African American neighborhoods until gentrification rears its ugly head.

  6. The poverty that poor African Americans experience is often different from the poverty of poor whites. It’s more isolating and concentrated. It extends out the door of a family’s home and occupies the entire neighborhood around it, touching the streets, the schools, the grocery stores.

    A poor black family, in short, is much more likely than a poor white one to live in a neighborhood where many other families are poor, too, creating what sociologists call the “double burden” of poverty.

  7. I have to agree with the flaw in her analysis. She has neglected the historical component. But I would also question what does she get out of this commentary and what is she attempting to prove and to whom? I would argue that she is attempting to prove that African Americans and African immigrants are nothing alike for a reason. The thought comes to mind, “we’re not like those Black over there”. Don’t African Americans and African immigrants have a large enough gulf between us? What is your purpose? Rather then telling people who have dealt with systemic oppression, racial discrimination and attempts to erase their very existence, what exactly does it benefit you point out the social ills of a few people and attempt to place them on all of African Americans.

    Lets just be real, all of our black men are not in prison. 1/4 of Black men in this country have college degrees; African American women are the largest segment of the populations receiving graduate degrees, and yes, we do have a lot of single mothers; however, that is not a marker of deviance. We need to stop allowing society (western culture) to paint this picture of the “welfare queen” as a Black woman. There are more non-Black folks on welfare than Black people. Why aren’t you criticizing those people? There isn’t a group of people on earth with a perfect community, but it is sad that African Americans and African immigrants in America have to create and maintain bitter walls between us. We don’t have to separate ourselves. We can do better as a community and as children of the African Diaspora.

    It should be understood that we are also quite familiar with African colonization. The colonized mind only sees what the oppressor wants them to see. I would hope that more folks would attempt to see passed the oppressive ties of white supremacy and seek mental, physical, and spiritual liberation. Her attack was on Black Live Matter. A movement that fosters conversation about issues that effect the community – global community. BLM is just as important as the civil rights movement and the Black Power Movement. The BLM movement calling attention to the killing of people across racial and ethnic boundaries. They are limiting their actions, but they are focusing on the plight of Black people.

    It is sad if you think the lives of Black people are not important enough to warrant some attention on a national level.

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