Living in a place where you don’t know if stepping on your porch, or going to get your mail may be the last day of your life. I come from a very happy family but a very cruel world, everything that looks good is not good. Momma always told me no matter how bad a situation is I can drop to my knees and God will be there, and wherever I am his angels are always with me, so fear was rare. Often African Americans couples are not together, my mother and sisters father split up in the year of 2011. She was married to my sibling’s father for 17 years. They have four kids together 20, 19, 13, 9; Chasity, Charity, Shelby, and Camryn. My father’s name is Frank Rodgers I found out about my father at the age of 13, for the longest I thought I had the same …show more content…
As she explained to me my father sexually assaulted her and was currently locked up for murder. Searching the internet for more information on this man, more and more disturbing news pops up. Crying to my mother begging her not to tell my siblings, I was ashamed and I was already picked on about my hair and being a cry baby. I didn’t want to give my sisters anything else to pick on me about. She yelled “NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION IS YOU ALL ARE ALL MY KIDS, I GAVE BIRTH TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU ALL.” Writing poems just because now I know that this man is not my biological father so I began wondering, “do I have sisters, brothers, how many? “ Questioning myself because momma didn’t want to think or talk about him, but how can I be mad? Who would want to relive that situation? Momma told me she thought about an abortion, everyone’s so scared to get killed man think about not living at all what if I never would have had this opportunity to live this life or become the intelligent bright young lady I am …show more content…
I just don’t want them to change the way they look at me. Living in A house of six, knowing you are different from everyone else at a young age can really effect you, but as I got older I accept that even with me having a different father from all my other sisters that does not have to play a part in my life. No matter how sad I may get I know God will always be there for me. I never liked the fact my mother kept the situation about my father from me, but I guess it was a way of protection. I can say my mother and father created a beautiful child, and yes I may not be able to see my dad or know what he’s like as a person for myself. I still get the love from both my mother’s current husband and sister’s father, which I call dad. I’ve never needed for anything, and they’ve always pushed me and treated me the same as all my
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How were captives treated during their journey otherwise known as the Middle Passage? The Middle Passage refers to the journey in which Africans were transported across the Atlantic to the West Indies as slaves and were then sold or traded for raw materials. Due to the fact that Africans were considered as less than human, the conditions they were forced to endure during the Middle Passage were appalling. Evidently, the conditions varied by ship and voyage, yet the same problems arose; disease, abuse, lack of food and water as well as inadequate living conditions.
African American history is a corrective balance to the single story of American History because it exposes one to another side of history. It erases the concept that whites built America. African American history allows you to know that there is more to America than just what you learn in American History. It is not just white america because African Americans contributed a great deal to the development of america. A student who takes american history will began to believe that whites are the only people who contributed to the development of America.
In Chapter 1 and 2 of “Creating Black Americans,” author Nell Irvin Painter addresses an imperative issue in which African history and the lives of Africans are often dismissed (2) and continue to be perceived in a negative light (1). This book gives the author the chance to revive the history of Africa, being this a sacred place to provide readers with a “history of their own.” (Painter 4) The issue that Africans were depicted in a negative light impacted various artworks and educational settings in the 19th and early 20th century. For instance, in educational settings, many students were exposed to the Eurocentric Western learning which its depiction of Africa were not only biased, but racist as well.
The sentencing disparity for drug use by race is disproportionate for African Americans because of The War on Drugs. Matthew Lassiter (2015) explains, “In 1951, Harry Anslinger, the commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, collaborated with senate of criminal investigations to target black ‘dope peddlers’ who were luring pretty white blondes into drug addiction”(2015:128). According to Lassiter (2015), Anslinger believed that peddlers, who destroyed teenagers’ lives, required the most sever punishment (2015:129). Using this rhetoric, presidents like Nixon and Reagan would shape the way drug laws are enforced.
Challenges are events that are used to change you for the better should you choose it accept it. The challenges I have faced wasn’t a matter of choice but of something that I have no control over. Some people will tell you it’s a burden, some say it’s an entitlement or free ride. Science says it’s just having a high amount of melatonin due to geographical location for survival. To me though, being black probably one of the biggest challenges a human can have in America at least I find it terribly perplexing.
African Americas have progressed through the course of the United States History, however to say the least, it was a very long struggle for them to be able to get as far as they have. African Americans have somehow over the years kept their culture and ways of life that have came from their ancestors. An African American lady, Margaret Walker once said “Handicapped as we have been by a racist system of dehumanizing slavery and segregation, our American history of nearly five hundred years reveals that our cultural and spiritual gifts brought from our African past are still intact” she shows how much pride she has in her own culture, and even expresses how resilient they are. She also talks about the “gifts” that the culture has, I feel like she means that the black culture was very structural towards each other. Because everyone that was African American knew how hard it was in the civil right era, so
Post Civil War, African Americans started to gain rights to gain rights, and soon gain rights equal to whites. While there were some people/things standing in their way (KKK, Black Codes), in the end they got what they needed; Equality. Many acts and laws were passed to aid the new rights now held by African Americans, as well as the numerous people willing to help. New Amendments were added to give African Americans rights after the war, all giving them some equal rights to whites. The first of the three added was the Thirteenth Amendment, it gave African Americans freedom from slave owners, and stated that no one could be kept as a slave in the U.S..
• The ethnic group I have decided to research is African Americans. I chose this ethnic group because I only know what I know about them through what I have learned in school over the years. Also, I find them to be one of the most commonly misunderstood ethnic groups around in today’s world with current events that are making people look differently on them. The purpose of my research to learn about African Americans and gain information on them that I do not already know about them. My thesis is through my questions I will discover very interesting about this ethnic group.
Blues, Jazz, and Barbeque Black History Month Celebration On February 2nd, the Rubenstein pavilion of Palm Beach State College’s Eissey Campus was home to a jazz concert in celebration of Black History Month. The rich smell of barbeque permeated the air while students and faculty alike lined up for a taste of New Orleans pulled pork and baked beans. Rows of folding chairs facing the set began to fill with interested passersby and jazz enthusiasts. Indistinguishable chatter and the musical preparation of the band forbid even a moment of silence. In the time when music was not playing, the hosts of the event would share achievements in black history.
There are many minority groups in the United States of America. Some of these include American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. The African American community may be different from ours but can somewhat be the same. Health wise the African American minority and the national average group are about the same. The rate of drug use, alcohol use, and binge drinking are approximately the same.
African Americans living in the Pacific Northwest from the late 19th century to the end of the 20th century faced much discrimination that stemmed from the prominent racist attitudes held by others. In the mid to late 19th century, exclusion laws were put in place to limit their migration to certain areas because white settlers did not want African Americans to live near them. Then, they were denied employment opportunities and even subject to violent harassment. Later in the 20th century, red-line districts existed that sustained racial segregation in cities. These were related to the discriminatory practice and laws that allowed there to be a lack of civil rights for African Americans.
The biggest memory that I had was when I was sent to foster care. It started years ago when my dad decided to drink every single day and social services didn’t think that was something kids to be around so my sister and I had to stay with my grandma for a few months. We couldn’t stay with my mom because she didn’t have a house or a job and none of her boyfriends wanted kids in their house. My mom didn’t like us staying with our grandma because she’s not a nice person to be around.
African American Studies was a great experience. Has opened my eyes to my surrounding and the world around me. This course with Dr. Sheba Lo, was something out of me confront zone. I learned so many things from race to cultural to the importance aspect of African American. We are isolated to an environment that hide so much history that we all don’t think they are important to who we have become.
One of the biggest difficulties during this time was my brother was very sick when he was born, and he needed surgery to fix a problem with his stomach, and she was taking him back and forth from the doctor frequently plus my sister was only 18 months old. My mom stated, “I don’t know how I got through it, “while discussing this stage of her life but never felt isolated in any way. I was born later which a five year age gap between me and my brother. My mom told me, “After Eileen and John were born, I felt like I was going to be pregnant very year because they were born so close together. It was my biggest fear I would have all these kids, and get lost, but thankfully this did not happen.”
In media the stepparent is usually portrayed as “the bad guy,” but in reality, that isn't true. They love you and want to help you. Sure a stepparent can disturb the dynamic of things. They can provide a mother/father figure if someone doesn't have one. Most of the time step parents are good people that want to help.