African Americans Facing Both Poverty And Discrimination Essay

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Unit 3 Project: African American’s Facing Both Poverty & Discrimination Shannon Smith Kaplan University HN200-04 Professor Harvey February 18, 2012 African American’s Facing Both Poverty & Discrimination The group of the population that faces strong discrimination that I selected is African Americans. I have watched African Americans be discriminated on since the time I was a child. I grew up in a primarily “White-American” small city. The population of my high-school was around 1400 and out of the 1400 there were only about 30 – 50 African American’s. They were often shunned upon in school, typically sat at a lunch table with their own race and were often left out of social activities. After reading our texts, I found that the media could lead to part of the reason why students shunned against African Americans. Sullivan (2009) stated about the media that:…show more content…
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