Why there are large numbers of African Americans living in struggling environments and why the trend is declining

Adolescence is described as a sociohistorical creation. By the 1950s the developmental period known as adolescence had come to light. It is composed of physical, social, and legal identity. During the 1950s, the thought in the minds of adolescents was that getting a college degree was the key role to getting a good job. The pursuit of higher education continued into the 1960s, but as it would have it, discrimination was still prevalent in the nation. In this time, many African American adolescents were denied college education and received inferior secondary education. In these regions where this trend continued, there grew a ceiling through social means towards people of color. Through the means of discrimination, many African Americans were forced to live near one another as many Caucasian families began to move away or taunt African Americans to not be a part of the community. Socially and economically, when one places a large majority of discriminated people together and left without education, there is a greater likelihood that the environments they live in would struggle to flourish.

As individuals began to find the self in the adolescent ages, many college-age adolescents were among the most vocal participants as most adolescents, regardless of ethnicity, reacted violently towards what they deemed as immoral participation in the Vietnam War by the United States. Through the nations’ adolescents, during their pursuit of finding their selves, Americans witnessed the nation’s reaction to the Vietnam War. With what seemed like viewing the world with new eyes, many began to realize the immoral actions occurring within the nation itself. As the continuation of this recognition became clear across the nation, the form of discrimination leading to socioeconomic instability lessened, but slowly.

As this trend continues over the years, the spread of flourishing economy in difficult areas, due to the lessening of discriminatory perception and legal discrimination, will lead to better sociohistorical creation of the African American adolescents moving forward. The goal for areas like these wouldn’t be to have inhabitants move away to “better places” necessarily, but to make that particular area flourish. This goes for other groups of people in struggling areas around the world due to previous societal perceptions of a region.


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