Poverty played a large role in being an African American during the times of extreme segregation. African Americans were not given the opportunity to have good paying jobs which resulted in them becoming poor. This made them looked down upon by some Caucasian people. Although they were looked down upon by the whites there were some white people who thought how the blacks were being treated was unfair.
A widely known stereotype of African Americans is that they are all criminals or associated with crime.
One must first look closer than the outside to see whats on the inside.