History and Today’s Communities

by Rufus Battle

Born on a Louisiana plantation, I was imbued with the stigma of oppressive ideology at an early age (by age six).  Awareness that I was considered less a person due to my skin color became an indictment against which I have suffered emotionally much of my life.

Many issues in Black communities are corollaries from the historical practices of slavery and oppression. A conversation regarding root causes to problems in today’s communities would certainly lead to better understanding of these problems and American society as a whole.