Social Justice, America, & African American Children: 21st Century Challenges of Disparities in Health Care and Education

Social Justice, America, & African American Children: 21st Century Challenges of Disparities in Health Care and Education

Mary S. Jackson (East Carolina University, USA) and Heather M. Jackson (William Beaumont Hospital, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0882-5.ch703
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Abstract

Technology plays a very important role in the world. Therefore if some individuals or groups have no access or very limited access to technological advances, these advances have little or no value to them. In American society, which by its standards is considered a technological leader, there are some vulnerable populations which are underserved in critical areas such as health care and education. America’s proficiency at highly technological advances does not serve to elevate the quality of life nor eliminate social injustices for these vulnerable populations. This chapter examines one of America’s most vulnerable groups, African American children. Its intent is to remind readers of the importance of working toward continued efforts to ensure that children are not forgotten or lost in the ever-expanding global awareness of technological advances. The focus on health care and education is to provide a cursory view of the past, awaken a consideration for the present, and solicit anticipation of the future for these African American children if they continue to be the underserved population in American society.

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