Honors | Afro-American Studies
A263 | 0372 | Rome

The social problems in our society effect ethnic and other minorities at a
disproportionate rate.  Hence, the public at large believe that ethnic and
other minorities are responsible for the vast number of social problems in
our society.  This misinformation is disseminated through various
institutions in our society.  For example, because the American media has
painted poverty "with a black face" and it has depicted "the welfare
queen" as an African American female and the media has also depicted
criminals as African Americans, the public come to believe that social
problems are indigenous only to the African American community.
We then need to understand why such events happen, how they touch and
shape all of our lives, regardless of our ethnic background, and what we
can do about them.