14 Facts About African Americans

1. African Americans are an ethnic group consisting of Americans with partial or total ancestry from sub-Saharan Africa.

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2. Black African Americans found a new ground for political power in Northern cities, without the enforced disabilities of Jim Crow.

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3. The only self-reported ancestral groups larger than African Americans are the Irish and Germans.

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4. In 1863, enslaved African Americans became free citizens during a time when public educational systems were expanding across the country.

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5. African Americans were very concerned to provide quality education for their children, but White supremacy limited their ability to participate in educational policymaking on the political level.

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6. In times of economic hardship for the nation, African Americans suffer disproportionately from job loss and underemployment, with the Black underclass being hardest hit.

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7. For those that could participate, until the New Deal, African Americans were supporters of the Republican Party because it was Republican President Abraham Lincoln who helped in granting freedom to American slaves; at the time, the Republicans and Democrats represented the sectional interests of the North and South, respectively, rather than any specific ideology, and both conservative and liberal were represented equally in both parties.

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8. In 1960, nearly a third of African Americans voted for Republican Richard Nixon.

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9. In December 2020, African Americans were less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 due to mistrust in the US medical system related to decades of abuses and anti-black treatment.

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10. The West African ancestral component in African Americans is most similar to that in present-day speakers from the non-Bantu branches of the Niger-Congo family.

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11. The next most frequent ancestral component found among African Americans was derived from Great Britain, in keeping with historical records.

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12. In 2007, the average income for African Americans was approximately $34,000, compared to $55,000 for Whites.

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13. The largest Protestant denomination among African Americans are the Baptists, distributed mainly in four denominations, the largest being the National Baptist Convention, USA and the National Baptist Convention of America.

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14. Some argued further that, because of the historical circumstances surrounding the capture, enslavement, and systematic attempts to de-Africanize Blacks in the United States under chattel slavery, most African Americans are unable to trace their ancestry to any specific African nation; hence, the entire continent serves as a geographic marker.

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