African American Culture Research Paper

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Jemma Victor Mrs. Westrick English 1101, 50930 12 February 2012 African American Culture The African American culture is very different from other cultures. Other cultures may find it difficult to understand how and why they do certain things or act a certain way. Over the years African Americans have been through a lot of difficult times trying to position themselves in the United States. Many have gone on to become productive citizens, while others became a product of excuses and their environment. It seems as though most of the culture has very little guidance and even fewer role models. With one of the highest dropout rates, the most children being raised in single family homes, having highest population in prison and colossal HIV…show more content…
There are many contributing components that cause them to be more susceptible to contracting HIV/AIDS. The main cause is through unprotected sex, secondly I.V. drug use, and lastly the occurrence of poverty (HIV and AIDS among African Americans, web, (http://www.avert.org/hiv-african-americans.htm). In the U.S African Americans account for 13% of the population, yet they make up 49% of the HIV/AIDS…show more content…
This is mainly due to low poverty levels. Some people commit crimes as a survival method. They use it for protection or as a means to provide for themselves. Whatever the reason, it is a sure way to land yourself in prison. According to an online article by Mother Jones Magazine, most southern states have high African American incarceration rates even though the overall populations of blacks were low (States and Black Incarceration in America. Web. http://www.gibbsmagazine.com/blacks_in_prisons.htm). In a society that is so abundant with knowledge, it is devastating to see a culture remarkably rich with history, be succumbed by such preventable predicaments. All of these circumstances together have had a foothold on the African American culture. If the saying “When you know better, you do better” by Maya Angelou is true, then knowledge is the resolution (Angelou, Maya. Web. http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3503.Maya_Angelou). Through education, structure, and resources African Americans can band together and overcome these major
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