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Two Nations: Black and White, Seperate, Hostile, Unequal,
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This book points out, that even in the 21st Century; the separation of black and white, with hostility and un-equality still exists.
The United States is still seen as two separate nations, with the two races living different worlds. The dimensions of race and how it still controls the lives and divisions of our society is still present.
His book has 12 chapters, but I am focusing on chapter 7 which is the "equity in employment, qualifications and quotas". It is unfortunate to say, that this is still a sensitive race-related issue, without a proper balance; even so affirmative action is involved. The statistics which are used in his book are indeed fact. Hacker tried to be fair, however struggled to accomplish this goal of equal employment.
Hacker argues that as recent as the year 2000, areas of employment were still closed to African Americans; he used the census to document the representation, which was only 11.3%. On another note was the income gap among the African American population vs. the white families which earned more. He argues that the African American woman finds jobs easier then her male counterpart, however these jobs are considered "black jobs"; this would include services such as housekeeping.
Affirmative Action brought about some change for the workforce, but mainly for the females, white or black, which left out the African American male. Hacker points out that the possibility of why the African American male struggles with obtaining an average position could be because the white man is threatened by the African American male, or feels uncomfortable in a business that has an abundance of African American males working and therefore only employs a minimal number. It is pointed out in his book that the people in power use the race as a means of domination and discrimination. He also points out that it is America which made being a member of the black race so difficult. It is noted that the inequality of pay difference gives the African American population a lesser start in life.
If race plays the role in how people fare financially, why is it then that the with American tells the African Americans that there is plenty of work, when what black Americans want is no more and no less than what with Americans wants; a chance for steady employment at a decent pay.....to be black in America is to k now that you remain last in line for so basic requisites as the means of supporting yourself and your family. The discrimination exists, as well as the un-equality which is faced in every level of society. Overall, the problem to the African American is not how to deal with this knowledge, but how to make the society as a whole aware of these inequalities.
The book states also that the white American s believe is, that there are no issue at hand in respects to this continuous problem.
Hacker does not offer any solutions to this problem our society faces. He points out the truth, that African Americans and whites live in different worlds. The discrimination the African American race is facing, shows that common sense can tell us that racism is far from ending; therefore we all must begin to work towards a solution.