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From a historical glance, Social Work has made considerable progress in getting recognition as a professional organization, but at what cost. Social Workers need to be invited to the table of legislators, representing the oppressed, sharing their scientific research approach; My readings talked about African Americans having very little representation, in the past 125 years. We are all authored by the same creator, immigrants were the primary focus of the social worker advocacy. In 1913, Jane Adams condemned the north and south making African Americans live in segregated housing and Suffered from economic discrimination. She was clear about the mistreatment and the inequality that many African Americans faced. Jane and other Social workers in 1909 helped establish the NAACP.Unfortunately, the respect for social work came at a slow pace. Early on, the profession was gender assigned as a profession for only women. In the pursuit of acknowledgment as a profession, social work faded away from advocacy. of more recent times: the focus had shifted back to the immigrants when the recent administration entered the white house. African Americans are considered a vote without a demand for change. The wounds of a dark history in America are being healed daily by Gods grace. Unfortunately, Charity Organization Society (COS) paid little to no attention to the African American communities. The organization acknowledged its discrimination but failed to take measurable steps to resolve the issue. Jane Adams help establish the Settlement homes in America. However, it wasn’t until 1902, the first African American settlement house was established. African Americans were considered not align with the mainstream social work philosophical views of that time. Unfortunately, the more social work became a scientific profession, it moved them away from the role of advocacy. During that time, social work moved into the psychiatry field of professional study. When the New Deal came along, many capable social workers failed to get involved in the designing of the New Deal policies, while by design, left out the African American community. Then, we have the Rank and File Movement They rejected the control by the America Association of Social Work. The rank and file movement became strong by uniting with other marginalized workers. The AASW association did not acknowledge the rank and file members. AASW may have been reluctant to embrace them because of their radical reform views on the economy. Then, we have the birth of the NASW, National Association Social Work that initially represented a small amount of the social work population because of the stringent membership criteria, requiring a two-year graduate degree. During some of the more recent years, social work became possibly more concern With profession than activism. Social work seems to come with the evidence, but struggle to gather enough support for the change. A book was written called Unfaithful Angels talks about how the profession is not challenging of leaving African Americans in the category of β€œfree”. Legislation never addressed this issue. I am grateful to be a witness for all humanity. Good policies are backed by good research. The ramifications of getting it wrong is enormous. Today, many politicians want to follow the science, but not social science. For that, we are reinventing a legacy of failed policy. Private sector partnering helps bring forth well researched program. We are one people, United as One. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’‘ References Jimenez, J; Pasztor, E.M., Chambers, R M; fujll CP(2014)Social Policy and Social Change second edition. Sage Publication, inc

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