20 Apr, 2021

The American model exists and practices racism and slavery in all its dimensions

Although the significant growth of the US economy over the past decade has brought large gains to low-income families, these gains have not done enough to narrow the economic gap between races. The average income of African Americans has remained much lower than that of their white counterparts.

While the average income of white families reached $ 71,000 annually in 2018, the average income of black families was 40% lower (about $ 41,000), while the percentage was much lower in Minneapolis, the epicenter of the recent protests, where black families earn less 56% of what its white counterpart earns.

When talking about wealth, the gap appears wider, as the data indicate that African Americans do not own 4.2% of the total wealth of American families (although they represent 13% of the total American population).  Blacks own only a tenth of the wealth of white families.

While the average wealth of a white American family is about 171 thousand dollars, the average among African American families remains less than 18 thousand dollars, and this gap is mainly due to the low rates of home ownership and the lack of money and property inherited within the families of blacks compared to whites.

The effects of this gap appear in consequence on poverty rates, which in turn record a large disparity between blacks and whites, and while the United States recorded national poverty rates of 11.8% in 2018, this percentage reached 20.8% among blacks, compared to 8.1% only among whites,. This was reflected in turn by unemployment rates, which witnessed a historical racial divide, as unemployment rates among blacks were more than double those of whites for long periods of time.

The outbreak of the Corona virus came to make matters worse for ethnic minorities in the United States, especially Hispanics and African Americans, at a time when more than 40 million Americans lost their jobs since the beginning of the crisis, the losses among the communities of color were much greater compared to whites, because black Americans occupy the proportion.  The largest of the lower jobs most affected by the crisis in the sectors of public transport, heavy, postal services, handicrafts and crafts, drug stores, and even lower jobs in the health care sector, which means that even those who kept their jobs quickly found themselves face to face fighting disease.

Disproportionate unemployment rates were not the worst nightmare African Americans faced because of Corona, after the crisis clearly revealed the disastrous consequences of Iraqi discrimination within American society, with black Americans realizing that they bear an unfair share of the bill for infected and deaths due to disease compared to their white counterparts.  As the numbers show, 23% of Corona victims in the United States are African Americans, although their percentage in society is much lower.

To make matters worse, the repercussions of the ethnic gap have reached the health care sector, as the percentage of blacks who do not have any sponsorship is around 9.7% of the population, which is almost double the rate among whites (about 5.4%).  This means that although African Americans work in jobs that make them disproportionately more vulnerable to disease and live in areas that are more vulnerable to outbreaks, their chances of getting care in the event of an infection remain much lower than their counterparts.

There are many myths related to the negative impact of illegal immigrants in "Uncle Sam Countries", as many experts agree that some of the arguments against immigration are based on misleading and unfounded information.  Here are 5 myths about illegal immigrants:

  1. Illegal immigrants take over American jobs

Truth: The US economy is in need of immigrant workers, as sacking millions of illegal immigrants means firing millions of investors, consumers and taxpayers.

  1. Illegal immigrants do not pay for Social Security

Fact: The contributions of illegal immigrants to the income from social security who do not reap its benefits have reached 100 billion US dollars in the past ten years.

  1. Illegal immigrants do not pay taxes

Truth: Illegal immigrants pay approximately $ 10.6 billion to the state and local taxes, or 6.4% of their total sources of income, according to the American Taxation and Economic Policy Foundation.

  1. Illegal immigrants deplete the system

Truth: Legal immigrants do not receive most public benefits until five years after they are in the United States.

  1. Instead of illegal methods, they can simply follow the law

Truth: According to current immigration laws, it can take decades for the transaction to be formally completed.

Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2020 that the US administration severely punishes immigrants and strips them of their right to seek asylum in the United States.  Many state and local governments have promoted policing work in poor communities rather than addressing problems of homelessness, mental health, and gangs through services, support, and economic development