Problems of Black Males in U.S. Cities

The committee heard testimony on elements of the American social environment that hinder black men from advancing socially and economically. Issues to be… read more

The committee heard testimony on elements of the American social environment that hinder black men from advancing socially and economically. Issues to be addressed included discrimination, crime, homelessness, and drug abuse. Virginia Governor Wilder spoke on the extent of the problems meeting impoverished black males in U.S. cities, who have lower life expectancy and higher unemployment rates than their white counterparts. He defined the problem as being an American societal problem, not a “black male” problem. Ms. Height spoke on the importance of the black family in the lives of black men and black women, and the problems meeting both must be met to solve the problems meeting black males. Mr. Jones said the problems besetting black males are objective realities which deny the self-assertiveness drives of black males from being expressed in socially acceptable ways. It is society’s responsibility, according to Mr. Jones, to provide a valid outlet for the natural drives of black males. Ms. Spencer continued to delineate the psychological drives that require outlet but are hindered or denied by society in black boys. Other issues addressed by speakers include imprisonment, the Rodney King police brutality case in Los Angeles, the role of parentage in development of self-esteem, and the U.S. justice system. close

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Program ID:
17334-1
Category:
Senate Committee
Format:
Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 29, 1991 | 11:10am EST | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Mar 30, 1991 | 11:15pm EST | C-SPAN 2

Airing Details

  • Mar 29, 1991 | 11:10am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 29, 1991 | 2:11pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 29, 1991 | 8:55pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 30, 1991 | 1:35am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Mar 30, 1991 | 4:25am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 30, 1991 | 11:15pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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