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Urgent need to challenge devaluation

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The devaluation of people based on race has been a lasting factor that has had a profound impact on socio-economics for centuries. For example, the devaluation of blacks was the organizational principle of redlining in slavery, black law, Jim Crow law, and other systems and means of alienation. Dr. Marcus Bright

Dr. Andre Perry, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, pointed out the devaluation of housing as a reason for the need for a new value paradigm in his book. Know Your Price: Evaluate the Black Life and Property of the Black Cities of America.. According to a study conducted by him and a group of researchers, Perry said, “After managing factors such as housing and neighborhood quality, education, and crime, the value of comparable homes in the neighborhood with similar equipment is in Black. We found that it was 23% less. The majority of areas compared to areas with few or no black residents. The percentage difference is devalued. In real dollars, the average number of homes in a black area is one. It is undervalued by $ 48,000 per unit, with cumulative losses of $ 156 billion nationwide. “

This is just one example of a devaluation epidemic that pervades almost every sector of American society. Devaluation is so integrated into standard operating procedures and processes that I argue that breaking the status quo and creating a new value paradigm requires challenges consistent with earthquakes.

External and internal devaluation patterns must be fiercely contested. External devaluation in this context refers to how external organizations, such as governments, organizations, businesses, and resource-granting agencies, blame blacks for assessing those who deserve investment, support, and impartiality. increase.

External devaluation often led to the exclusion of blacks from the distribution of important resources. Due to the exemption of domestic and farm workers from the law, many blacks were exempt from receiving social security benefits for the first 20 years of their existence. Since its first establishment in 1934-1968, blacks have been largely excluded from those who received a federal housing agency (FHA) insured mortgage, with more than 98% white. From the 1940s to the 1970s, the launch of various highway projects, slum removal, and urban redevelopment efforts destroyed the majority of more than 1600 black neighborhoods. These are just a few historical examples, but black farmers from a program designed by government agencies like the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help growers overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a continuing tendency to subsidize less than 1%. They make up 5 percent of the farmers. The economic costs of the continued devaluation of blacks are visibly important.

This external devaluation often blames blacks and leads to subordinated status and treatment in areas such as criminal justice, education, housing, access to capital, contracts, and countless other areas. Such a study by Dr. Andre Perry, quoted above, pays for the external devaluation, but the cost of the internal devaluation can be as high, if not more. Internalized devaluation in this context is the lasting negative emotions and predictions that individuals and communities have about themselves.

Too many people agree with it and allow it to live in their hearts, so we need a tool to combat this internal devaluation. The United Negro College Foundation is famous for saying, “It’s terrible to waste your mind.” The innerized mind of inferiority complex and inferiority complex will embody what Carter G. Woodson wrote in his book, This Black Miseducation: He asks for it himself, so he accepts the feeling of inferiority. If you make a man think he is a legitimate exile, you don’t have to order him to the back door. He goes without being told. And without a back door, his true nature would demand a back door. “

Now is the time for people to rethink their lives and the potential of their communities and see a transformative vision of what is possible beyond the current situation. This involves revisiting and restructuring the valuation process. You can consider and adopt a more comprehensive value assessment.

Rather than focusing entirely on inequality, people can take advantage of their assets and opportunities. They are motivated to reuse themselves and can make investments to reinforce these efforts. A meaningful investment in people and communities activates the potential value that already exists but may be dormant. Now is the time to take a strong and consistent position on the devaluation of our community and our lives.

Dr. Marcus Bright is a scholar and a strategist of social impact.