41 Facts About African Americans


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

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African Americans constitute the second largest racial group in the U S after White Americans, as well as the third largest ethnic group after Hispanic and Latino Americans.

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The overwhelming majority of African Americans immigrants identify instead with their own respective ethnicities.

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African Americans recruited slaves for the militia by pledging to free anyone who was seriously wounded and promised to secure a low price for coartacion for those who received lesser wounds.

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

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In 1965, 19 percent of Black African Americans had incomes equal to the national median, a proportion that rose to 27 percent by 1967.

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Politically and economically, African Americans have made substantial strides during the post–civil rights era.

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African Americans received overwhelming support from young and educated Whites, a majority of Asians, and Hispanics, picking up a number of new states in the Democratic electoral column.

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Queens County, New York is the only county with a population of 65, 000 or more where African Americans have a higher median household income than White Americans.

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

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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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On many college entrance, standardized tests and grades, African Americans have historically lagged behind Whites, but some studies suggest that the achievement gap has been closing.

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Between 1995 and 2009, freshmen college enrollment for African Americans increased by 73 percent and only 15 percent for Whites.

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Economically, African Americans have benefited from the advances made during the civil rights era, particularly among the educated, but not without the lingering effects of historical marginalisation when considered as a whole.

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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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Collectively, African Americans are more involved in the American political process than other minority groups in the United States, indicated by the highest level of voter registration and participation in elections among these groups in 2004.

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Many African Americans were excluded from electoral politics in the decades following the end of Reconstruction.

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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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African Americans have higher rates of mortality than any other racial or ethnic group for 8 of the top 10 causes of death.

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

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African Americans have several barriers for accessing mental health services.

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African Americans'storically, many African American communities did not seek counseling because religion was a part of the family values.

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

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Research suggests that Native American ancestry among people who identify as African Americans American is a result of relationships that occurred soon after slave ships arrived in the American colonies, and European ancestry is of more recent origin, often from the decades before the Civil War.

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The remaining African Americans mainly belong to the paternal haplogroup I, which is frequent in Northwestern Europe.

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

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African Americans have a long and diverse history of business ownership.

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On financial issues, however, African Americans are in line with Democrats, generally supporting a more progressive tax structure to provide more government spending on social services.

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African Americans have fought in every war in the history of the United States.

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Urban One is one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies and the largest African Americans-American-owned radio broadcasting company in the United States.

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African Americans were the first peoples in the United States to make fried chicken, along with Scottish immigrants to the South.

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Majority of African Americans are Protestant, many of whom follow the historically Black churches.

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Black congregations were first established by freed slaves at the end of the 17th century, and later when slavery was abolished more African Americans were allowed to create a unique form of Christianity that was culturally influenced by African spiritual traditions.

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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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African Americans-American-derived musical forms have influenced and been incorporated into virtually every other popular music genre in the world, including country and techno.

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Term African Americans American, coined by Jesse Jackson in the 1980s, carries important political overtones.

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Many African Americans have expressed a preference for the term African American because it was formed in the same way as the terms for the many other ethnic groups currently living in the United States.

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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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In preparation for the 2010 U S Census, a marketing and outreach plan called 2010 Census Integrated Communications Campaign Plan recognized and defined African Americans as Black people born in the United States.

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The term is rarely used by younger Black people, but remained in use by many older African Americans who had grown up with the term, particularly in the southern U S The term remains in use in some contexts, such as the United Negro College Fund, an American philanthropic organization that funds scholarships for Black students and general scholarship funds for 39 private historically Black colleges and universities.

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