New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America
Read by Shayna
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Unabridged 12 hours and 17 minutes
by Nicole Merritt
(1980-2000) is waging warfare against the old dogma of the
American dream. Forty three percent of all millennials are
black and now engaging with this old standard. Blacks have
always been marginalized, yet the new generation of the upwardly
mobile is now forging their own path pursuant to their own
idea of equality and wealth. Young blacks in their 30’s
with children are still struggling to find their place in
their America. There is a whole new range of black Senators,
actors, and celebrities in the world today, yet everyday struggles
of unemployment and workforce inequality is still a reality.
There is still a stigma for blacks trying to prove their humanity.
people are discovering they do not have to define themselves
in the same way as the white generation. Individualism is
creating the new black millennial. Allen interviews a number
of people to discover what upward mobility looks like to them.
Do they have their own idea of the dream, and is the dream
accessible? After countless interviews, Allen determines that
black millennials believe that the American dream is not for
them. Affordable healthcare, colleges, home loan access, and
better neighborhoods need to change.
is a constant believe that blacks are lazy and less intelligent.
Young black Americans need a fair and equitable way to dare
to dream. After living in New Jersey for 36 years, Allen returns
to her hometown in Manning. Misha is a Manning native and
relative of Allen. She has two Masters degrees and is married
with children. Misha grew up during segregation and dated
white boys. She knows of the Klan. She has a brother who is
an electrical engineer. She loves her southern town. Upon
her return to Jersey, Allen realizes she has not realized
her dream. What separated her from Misha was simply geographic.
Misha is content with her life, yet Allen is not. Blacks still
struggle with archaic stigmas, name-calling, and ignorance.
Shayna Small makes the narration personal. It is easy listening.
It is an interesting conceptual read and brings home the plight
of the new generation of blacks in America. The author does
not conclude her research with a solution, but states simply,
there is hope.