Author Of Book “Un-American Acts”, Unravels Social Filters In Short Blog Post

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          Filters are mechanisms utilized to block certain objects, substances or ideologies while allowing others to get through. 

For example there are coffee, air, oil, cigarette, water, and soil filters that are designed to separate what is considered to be the bad from the good.

Other filters have been designed to work in similar ways. Decisions determining who could vote during the early, and now more recent, history of our country; who would live free or as slave; why we can pay women and people of color less for the same work; and who has access to a quality education are all filters currently in use at varying degrees in our society today.

One’s social economic status has a great impact on access to, among other things, a quality education, excellent health care, and a clear pathway when determining personal life choices.  The use of filtering has created a deficit model approach when developing an understanding about those considered different, especially those classified as Black.

It provides justification, for them, for the mistreatment of Black and Brown folk while providing privileges for them.  This process has unfortunately been institutionalized in our society and continues to create barriers, real and perceptual, for those of us seeking a better future.

Therefore it is suggested here that our Historical Black Colleges and Universities take the lead and work harder to prepare our students for the social, political, economic, and educational realities of this nation and prepare them to become leaders equipped to create a better way forward.

Un-American Acts does just that.  Readers will gain a much better understanding of the challenges we face and find ways to begin the work towards a better way forward.  I encourage all HBCUs, and others, to guide their students through the reading and use this book as we empower our next generations to win against acts of discrimination.

-Dr. Cornell Thomas

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