Our forefathers came to the United States to flee religious and political persecution. Once we did so, we gained more problems like slavery, poverty and disease that left our morale in despair at many times.
Yet, some of us still want only to eat, drink and be merry. Particularly in South Carolina, we can’t get rid of the Barbadian cultures our proprietors had. We want to make a living — no matter how.
We care about our neighbors only when it brings us pleasure and not about an uplifting purpose as well. Our hunter-gatherer spirit never ceases to come to some sense of moderation to know there are others in this civilization.
We are at the bottom 10 percent in education, tax revenue, death rates and graduation rates. It’s injuring the livelihood of the entire population, but there are a lot of noticeable disparities for minorities, too. More than 66 percent of minorities are in poverty in America. More than half of minorities are incarcerated in America.
There is a higher proportion of minorities killed by police than non-minorities in America. In our professions that usually handle the day-to-day issues of all Americans, minorities are few and far between.
Fewer than 20 percent of teachers are minorities. Fewer than 20 percent of lawyers are minorities. Fewer than 20 percent of all law enforcement are minorities. Fewer than 25 percent of medical doctors are minorities.
These numbers don’t mean you won’t get a good education, have good legal representation or get well in a timely manner. It is a reminder that we still have a ways to go to get out of the doldrums in achieving professional degrees and having success at life.
Staying healthy, getting a good education and being able to continue your legacy on this earth are true evidence of the American reverie.
Jordan Thomas Cooper is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is the first African-American to serve in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s office as an aide in South Carolina and has worked on several Republican candidates’ national campaigns.