Episode 18: Basic Needs & Resources in Black Communities

Updated: Aug 23, 2020


More on why your vote matters - there's a huge gap in what resources are available to us in our neighborhoods. From schools to grocery stores, doctors of color in our areas to affordable housing. But the truth is we can't fully help ourselves if we don't take time to notice what we need to focus on.



Often times, it's the most basic shit that we don't even realize we're missing. Maybe even things we thought we had access to when in reality we don't.


Schools

We all know Aunt Becky and Lori Laughlin are doing their lil times for their school scams. But Black people have been doing this for far more necessary reasons than they have and it doesn't come from nowhere. Schools in neighborhoods of color, specifically Black and Latino areas have noticeably fewer resources than other schools around the nation.


Teachers in high poverty schools also earn lower average salaries compared to low poverty schools, partly due to the discrepancy in teacher experience. But if schools don't get proper funding, how can they afford to pay teachers with more experience and who care enough to help the generation in that area bloom? More so, how can we convince anyone that being a teacher is a good job if they're not paid that way?


This all goes right back into voting because voting for people who will prioritize these educational discrepancies is how we make sure funds go there and not to bullshit things.


Food

41 million people struggled with hunger in the U.S.... 13 million are children. Food insecurity affects so many people nationally, but the stigmas associated with food insecurity make it really hard to talk about.


People of color are (obviously) disproportionately affected by this. 22.5% of Black households and 18.5% of Latinx/Hispanic households experienced food insecurity in 2018.


Children who experience food insecurity are at a higher risk of developing asthma, struggling with anxiety or depression, and performing poorly in school or physical activities. When we think about building a nation, we're hardly doing so if so many children are hungry. It's a hard topic to talk about, but it doesn't have to be if we understand that we're not alone in these food struggles. A big part of getting the help we need is battling the stigmas we create around them. Knowing that so many people are affected by food insecurity puts us in a place more to fix the situation than struggle in silence.


What you can do:

1. Tackle stigmas as you hear them! If you hear someone being mocked or made fun of for anything concerning food, curse the asshole OUT! Then, let the verbal victim know they aren't alone and to not feel any shame. Sometimes people just need verbal support.

2. Pick one day (whether it be annually, or monthly or even weekly if you have time and resources) where you'll make a shit ton of whatever food to share with local people who are hungry. Yes, sometimes they might deny you, but if you offer in ways the bring less shame and you make them feel safe, they also might not!

3. If a hungry person asks you for money, offer to buy them food!

4. Volunteer at a shelter or church to serve food to your community

5. Donate to a shelter, church or resource center if you don't have time!


Jobs

Being Brown in the workspace (Episode 12) brings about many challenges, but one that we should stress more is the pay gap. Communicating with your non-brown co-workers on the pay you make IS NOT ILLEGAL. Matter fact, find the space to have the discussion. It keeps the business honest. Pay gaps are illegal and any company that discourages the conversation is just trying to keep their process under wraps.... communicate with your peers.


Health

Disparities occur across many of our intersectional identities, the most prominent being race/ethnicity, and other common ones being socioeconomic status, age, location, gender, disability status, and sexual orientation. Vote, vote, VOTE.


Homebuying Options and Finances

It's shocking and alarming just how high-interest rates for basic necessities are for Black people. They even go as far as to target and raise interest rates based on geographical location. On top of how we are hammered down, wealthier people also have access to resources that help manage credit issues, like financial planners.

The point is when we become aware of the ways in which we're held back, we can fight back. We dive into each topic more in the episode - so listen! Links below!


Listen on iTunes:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-black-new-york/id1457506638?i=1000444110594


Listen on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/theblacknewyork/episode-18-basic-needs-resources-in-the-black-community


Listen on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3tLBh0tO9xRXonNq8C1SLS

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