The Blacks and Whites are both people created by God(Not part of the editorial : I don’t really think that, but for the sake of this editorial. Writing as Reverend Skyes who is a pastor). We should both be equal, which is what we fought for about 300 years ago in the American Revolution. Negroes helped fought against the British for our independent and equality. Without the thousands of negroes who volunteered to fight for America’s cause, we would not be here.
I believe he is reaching out to whites for help, because we are the only people who have power to enact change in government. Blacks are giving a plea for help, but because the ideals of many whites have been challenge after civil rights legislation gets past there is a backlash. This backlash comes from whites feeling the need to “just approve of those commitments; it entrenches them and guards them against a time when there might well be a weakening or a loss of the commitments” (Belgrami) The 70s were this backlash during Nixons time. As a result, since the change that had come in Cookes time that he believed ‘But now I think I 'm able to carry on It 's been a long, a long time coming But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will” However, once this change came there was so much more that had to be done and legislation ceased to exist for blacks and many racist acts still occur. To Audre Lorde this continuation of racism is seen “Somewhere on the edge of consciousness, there is what I call a mythical norm, which each one of us within our hearts knows “That’s is not me” In America, this norm is usually defined as white, thin, male young, heterosexual christen and finically secured.”(Lorde) This is the accepted definition of
In the African American church, no matter the size, there is a strong sense of identity. This is evident by a “us” versus “them” mentality. However, some churches are able to break the mold by growing to become a Shepherding-Size Congregation. This church has between 50 and 150 active members. I agree with Galindo that this size congregation is heavily dependent on its pastor for their spiritual needs.
The two centuries of slavery helped develop the white’s opinion about black people. “Some people thought it was wrong for any people to be slaves; so the people who needed the slaves to work in their fields and the people who were making money bringing slaves from Africa preached that black people weren’t really people like white people were, so slavery was right.” They helped white Americans to believe that black people were second-rated humans because of their skin colour. That they were no use
In Ronald. Walters book The Impact of Slavery on the 20th and 21st Century he introduced a substantial amount of evidence from several different articles to prove the impact of slavery on the African American community. Which was the myth that slavery ended in 1865. Slavery, had such a significant impact mostly on the African American community, mainly because African Americans have still not progressed over the 20th and 21st century. People tent to question the humanity, intelligence, and the industriousness of African Americans.
There were other factors and incentives that drove the anti-slavery supporters. Larry Gara describes this phenomenon: “While some abolitionists were indignant at the slave system and what it did to black men, many more northerners became anti-southern and antislavery because of what the slave system did or threatened to do to them. A failure to recognize this can easily lead us into a blind alley of oversimplification, and to view the events of a hundred years ago as a morality play with heroes and villains rather than a plausible presentation of a human dilemma.” Gara brings up a good point here. It is important that we don’t view segregation with twentieth century goggles. Racism was with no doubt present on both sides, but neither side would have gone to the extremes that they did over a dispute of how ‘human’ slaves were.
During the early nineteenth century, religion, moral differences and confusion divided communities and institutions. Abolitionism became an influential movement, many white reformers and free blacks were active in ending slavery. This challenged southern society, caused political unrest and led to the civil war. Protestants used revivals to grow their following especially because the amount of Catholics and Mormons grew. Though southern churches didn’t really participate in social reform, the Second Great Awakening gave people structure in the communities.
Whereas in the African American tradition, the Bible was largely read to them as a story of hope when they were illiterate and in bondage. Because many African American had no understanding an alternative religion or option of faith, the Bible became their way to a better
Europeans had travelled to the Americas with intentions of finding gold as well as convert the inhabitants to Christianity. Many Native Americans were not given a choice and were forced to convert to the new religion and give up their traditional beliefs which created many tensions between the Old and New World.John Mair“argued that some people were by nature slaves, and some by nature free (Watson 446).” Because the Native Americans were a less developed civilization, they lacked the power to protest the European invasion and were forced into slavery which further weakened their already existing society as they had to focus on simply surviving against the foreign invaders. But not all shared the view of Native Americans as backwards and uncivilized. “Using Aristotle as his guide, Las Casas examined the Indian from the physical and the moral standpoint, which marks his essay as perhaps the first exercise in comparative cultural anthropology.” He compared the political, social, and religious arrangements of European cultures with those of Native American tribes and determined that although they were different, they were not inferior. “He paid proper due to the quality of Aztec, Inca and Mayan art and observed their ability to assimilate European ideas and practices that they found
He believed that things would never truly be equal due to the color line, or as he referred to it, “the veil”. Despite American’s efforts to assist slaves in the transition to a free black American citizen, they just did not feel accepted. The Freedmen’s Bureau was set up in hopes that this would ease the transition but it didn’t help. This relates back to “the veil” the Du Bois refers to. The veil represents the African American’s feelings of inequality and inability to mesh with the white American citizens.
After the awareness of the slaves’ capabilities and the living in communities with slaves, white people in the North that still supported slavery changed their stance after seeing first hand that black people, not just the few free blacks, were similar to everyone else. After the Underground Railroad, moral code came into question, and with the Constitution demanding all people be equal, the people in the North could no longer bear to uphold slavery. The Underground Railroad was risky and dangerous, but it furthered racial equality by creating a coalition against slavery and by freeing African