Their goal was to end the racial discrimination and segregation amongst. They believed that slavery was a sin and that it was every American’s obligation to help free them back to Africa. Not many people agreed though. Both Northerners and Southerners did not support he ways of goals of the abolitionist. They thought that it threatened the racial social order and created economic instability.
Although many attempts were made to prioritize freedom and equality for all, these values were undermined by racist Southerners who wouldn’t accept equality. In the end, Reconstruction had failed and former slaves endured another hardship akin to slavery. However, Reconstruction still could have prospered. There are multiple events that, if they had occurred, Reconstruction would not have failed. For example, had the government continued to fund the Freedmen’s Bureau, then the South would have legislated their discriminatory laws much later, if not at all.
Although slavery was declared over after the passing of the thirteenth amendment, African Americans were not being treated with the respect or equality they deserved. Socially, politically and economically, African American people were not being given equal opportunities as white people. They had certain laws directed at them, which held them back from being equal to their white peers. They also had certain requirements, making it difficult for many African Americans to participate in the opportunity to vote for government leaders. Although they were freed from slavery, there was still a long way to go for equality through America’s reconstruction plan.
I feel like there were more problems than the book mentioned but the main problems were still there. They did not want the slaves to be free and they did not want black men to gain equal rights as white men because the white men in the South believed that black men should not be considered equal to white men. The book did a good job of showing the view of the South and that is important because you need to look at both sides of the argument before you make a
According to Hughes in the poem “Harlem”, Blacks postponing dreams could only have negative outcomes. “What happens to a dream deferred?... or does it explode?,” he describes along with a number of other dreadful possibilities that happen to unfulfilled dreams. The idea that society doesn 't want this new culture to be able to achieve their dreams, however, according to Hughes this was their time to achieve them is expressed in this piece. Even though society suppressed African Americans, society needed them to achieve these dreams.
When it comes to white people understanding their privilege, I am more upset that people don’t educate themselves about it. For example, the whole movement and organization of “Black Lives Matter” is to bring awareness of how blacks are being treated by police and how the justice system is failing to protect us. Somehow, ignorant white people felt entitled to bring “All lives Matter” as if all lives share the same struggle as blacks. They don’t understand that it is the exact system of whiteness that shelters them from the challenges black Americans face. Instead of scrutinizing the system that protects their privilege, they would rather add more distress towards the people facing the system.
Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” speech is a highly influential agreement struck since he used so much imagery while encouraging African Americans and whites to not be resentful people mainly towards each other. He wanted to inspire African Americans to take their education seriously and also improve economical gains to support political equalities for all. Washington used a simple story to illustrate a moral to point out his call for economic comity. However, disfranchise and segregation movements started in 1890. The south treated African Americans with denigration and humiliation.
During the Black Civil Rights movement it was questionable what the best method was to end segregation and oppression. Throughout the many successes and failures of the time it is apparent a few of the biggest leaders were Martin Luther King jr. and Malcolm X. King took to a more peaceful protest stance to try and help integrate blacks and whites. On the other hand, Malcolm X believed white racism would never end, thus favoring separatism. Their successes and failures ultimately integrated whites and blacks, and possibly if they would have been able to work together King’s approach would have been more aggressive and to the point, while Malcolm X could have used his hostility to help with integration rather than separation.
Shelby Steele’s perspective about affirmative action is that it’s didn’t help African Americans achieve equality. Continuously, he believes that affirmative action only reinforces the misconception that people should be treated differently according to their outward appearance. Affirmative action is created to improve opportunities for minorities in employment and education. Like any legalization, affirmative action has positive and negative sides, however I disagree with Shelby Steele that negative effect on minorities. In our country, we have decades of racial, economical, and social inequality for minorities, and affirmative action tries to address that disparity.
Mainstream politicians oppose the idea, including President Barack Obama and democratic-socialist Bernie Sanders. Sanders instead proposes a more equal society, where free education and more socioeconomic services make it possible for African Americans to become free of systemic poverty and disenfranchisement (Friedersdorf). Nonetheless, the time has passed for the nation to issue substantial compensation for slavery. Abraham Lincoln’s murder complicated the Civil War Reconstruction, which was partly aimed at ensuring former slaves integrate into mainstream society and maintain socioeconomic stability (Reconstruction - American Civil War). The reunification of the North and South U.S. made it difficult to give attention to the issue, much like Germany’s difficulty following the War to come to terms with National
Both sides put aside racial differences in order to improve their condition. However, the Populist movement would not last as conservatives used racism to divide whites and blacks, based on Herrenvolk democracy. Once again, this led to whites once again pushing blacks out of certain jobs in order for them to have those opportunities. These differed largely from the Afrikaners who wanted to be independent, but were frustrated with the British colonial government giving black Africans equality. Due to this action, the Afrikaners emigrated from the Cape region and settled in a place called Natal.
Imagine yourself today in our era, you see black and white peoples getting along, greeting each other, and not worrying about not be stereotype especially the blacks. This is what some people called “post- racial”, and some irrelevant people think were leaving in that magical place. But, actually……… WE DON’T. Just because, many racism problems were solved, doesn’t mean racism is entirely solve in America. Today, you can see that many discrimination towards African American peoples were not resolved because people realize, there was racism occurring in their society, but other societies might disagree.