African-American Prejudice In Slavery And The Jim Crow Era

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The United States has changed immensely since slave time. Although the prejudice isn’t nearly as extreme as it was during slavery and the Jim Crow era, it is still ongoing. People who were raised with prejudice and racism in their homes are likely to pass the same ideals onto their children. So no matter how far we come as a society, there will always be some level of prejudice that exists. Things are certainly better than they were in the 60s and we have come a long way since then, however we still have work to do. The high African-American unemployment rate, police brutality, and racial profiling are just a few examples of the prejudice that exists today stemming from preconceived notions of African Americans. For over 367 years we had institutionalized prejudice in the United States. That’s longer than we have been a country! For 265 of those years African Americans were enslaved and considered ‘property’ to the white man. They spent their whole lives working on plantations either picking cotton, growing tobacco, or some other form of manual labor. Even once slavery was “abolished” in 1865, the blacks were still forced to be enslaved because they had no education and their skills were limited to field work. They had no way to support their families, so they had no choice but to go back to the white man for help. Because of this, African Americans remained inferior to whites for hundreds of years. Even today, there is a significant wage gap among minorities today. African

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