I know this title sounds bad, but hear me out. I hear so many black people say, “We don’t need anymore black basketball players and entertainers. We need more black lawyers and doctors.” Although this is true, my problem with this is people acting like they don’t know WHY there aren’t more black doctors and lawyers. They actually avoid talking about WHY.
Another issue I have is that people who say this perpetuate the idea that black youth only want to be athletes and entertainers, which is absolutely NOT true AT ALL! That is a racist and stereotypical idea, whether you knew that or not. Just because you see more black athletes and entertainers on TV than you see black doctors and lawyers doesn’t mean anything. You can ask many black children what they want to be when they grow up and you will hear all kinds of different answers. You won’t hear JUST “athlete” or “entertainer”. TV is a LIE! Stop taking everything you see on there as the end all be all!
One reason why there aren’t more black doctors and lawyers is because going to college for these professions is incredibly expensive. Many black parents simply can’t afford to send their kids to college to become a doctor or lawyer. Scholarships and grants exist, yes, but they’re not always easy to get. And the ones that are easier to obtain don’t cover much of the cost.
Another reason, and this is the one that I feel people like to dance around the most, is that there is heavy racism in professions like these. People love pretending that racism doesn’t exist anymore. We hear way too many stories about how poorly the medical system treated black people throughout history and the present. We hear way too many stories about how poorly and unjustly the judicial system treated black people throughout history and the present. With all these stories that we hear, what makes you think they would make it easy for black people to come up in these professions?
It’s easier for a black person to become an athlete or entertainer than it is to become a doctor or lawyer. Many colleges and universities give full ride scholarships to black students to come play basketball of they’re good enough, but not many colleges and universities are giving full ride scholarships to black students to come study to become a doctor or lawyer.
Stop acting like you don’t know the real reasons why there aren’t more black doctors and lawyers. Everybody wants to talk about problems and issues in the black community, but no one wants to talk about the reason why the problems and issues exist in the first place. We will never find solutions to problems if we ignore the roots of the problems.
What we should be saying is, “Colleges and universities need to be more affordable and accessible for all people.” And “More things need to be done about racism, especially in the medical and judicial fields”.
If we want more black doctors and lawyers, the solutions will have to be that colleges need to be more affordable and obtainable. More needs to be done about filtering racism in these professions instead of simply pretending they don’t exist. We need to acknowledge these things or there will never be enough black lawyers and doctors.
We need to stop acting like going to college to become a doctor or lawyer is easy. We need to stop acting like black people simply aren’t choosing to become doctors and lawyers. There’s reasons why there aren’t more black doctors and lawyers and we know them all! Let’s stop lying about and/or ignoring this issue and start working to change things!