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by Yvette Carnell
For years in this country, the only jobs available to black people were as “the help”. We could clean white folks homes, mow their yards, and even tend their animals and children, but the realm of our opportunities didn’t extend far beyond that.
But throughout it all, African-Americans have worked steadfastly to demonstrate that we are equals in this country, and on this planet, second to no man – or woman.
The road to overcoming these entrenched disparities has been rocky; slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow, affirmative action, and intellectual battles which need not be re-fought here (see: The Bell Curve). We’re not home yet, though. Pattern matching is real. Meritocracy is a myth.