If it weren't for these prejudice thoughts, many people would be together united as one fighting to better one another. As Brent states in “Black Men and Public Space,” “the hatred he feels for blacks makes itself known to him through a variety of avenues - one being his discomfort with that ‘special brand of paranoid touchiness’ to which he says blacks are prone.” (514). Due to this fear of one another, it has brought much tension among many. This discrimination has been going on for many years and is what makes the United States divided. These many examples provided by Brent proved these exact points and showed the belitting of African Americans within Americas society.
Arthur Schomburg 's "The Negro Digs Up His Past" and Alain Locke 's "The New Negro", 1925 essays were postmarks in Clarke’s life to motivate him to take the first real step on the pathway of intellectual development and historical African discovery. In addition, the hard suffering times of Black people during America’s great economic depression, continual racial hatred towards Black people, the increase in Black protest against segregation, and the rise of the millions of Black people in Mosiah Marcus Garvey’s UNIA organization were factors that influence John Henrik Clarke’s development to a great scholar for the benefit of his
Racism has been, and continues to be, an issue in our American society. Multiple government and social issues have stemmed from hateful bigotry, including Mr. Dred Scott. He was seen as ¨property” not as a ¨person¨ just because of the color of his skin, and that he was not a free man, even if he resided in a ¨free¨ state. This caused an outrage in abolitionists nationwide and changed America forever. Dred Scott was a slave, owned by John Emerson in Missouri (a slave state).
The revolutionary Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr, once described discrimination as “a hellbound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.” His point being that African Americans face racial discrimination on a daily basis. Brent Staples, being an African American living in America, expresses his view on the subject in his essay “Just Walk on By”, where he conveys the message of how fear is influenced by society's stereotypical and discriminating views of certain groups of people; his point is made clear through his sympathetic persona, descriptive diction, depressing tone, and many analogies. Staples sympathetic persona helps the reader feel and understand the racial problems that he experiences daily. His point of view is that of a man who feels that he has done wrong, when in reality, it is society that has done the wrongdoing. Staples knows that the stereotypes that he faces for being black are wrong but also understands that he has to accept them.
In 1954, Brown vs. Board of Education deemed segregated public schools unconstitutional, yet white southern colleges did not begin to admit African American students until the early 1960s; furthermore, even though African Americans encompassed raw talent and the necessary physical characteristics, they were excluded from athletic teams until the late 1960s and early 1970s (Integration, 2012). Coach Don Haskins, a man with no prejudices, did not care about what other people thought. He explained to the players he was trying to recruit, "I do not see color, I just see talent and that is what I put on the court (Gartner, 2006). Haskins realized that talent does not differentiate between race, color, sex or age. By utilizing this novel idea to play the best players no matter the color of their skin, Head Coach Haskin’s true desire was to create a competitive team.
Nevertheless, we weren’t just dealing with the risk of communism, but also with the introduction of The Civil Rights Movement. With this movement came a great amount of tension throughout American society. African Americans were fighting for equality, causing conflict between whites and blacks and ultimately led to segregation throughout the U.S. In Ralph Ellison and Flannery O’Connor’s work, we get to have a better understanding of what it was like in this era. The facts are known, but with these pieces of literature we get insight into how people were treated and what they experienced through the characters own eyes.
The people of America have been grappling with the problem of racism since the colonial times. With the development of the Civil Rights Movement, many leaders and figureheads have taken upon themselves the idea of unifying the black race and helping them gain equality in their own personal ways. Recently, the country is witnessing the rise of Malcolm X while as he works with a rather aggressive approach to get the black community their well-deserved rights. In ‘Not just an American problem, but a world problem’, a recently given speech by Malcolm X, he has openly accused the colored communities of manipulating the media with their tactics of ‘image making’ and hence, playing a very significant role in undermining the position of the black race. There is no doubt about the fact that Malcolm X believes in dealing with the dilemma of this racial prejudice in an aggressive manner.
During the Haitian Revolution through August 21, 1791, to January 1, 1804, slaves were imported from Africa and oppressed by the white, French population. The slaves were outraged at the mistreatment and decided to revolt against their masters. There were many causes that started the revolution, such as social, economic, and political inequality between the white French and everyone else. The revolution itself also had an important legacy that inspired hope for the future of those oppressed as well as more negatively, death and tragedy. The Haitian Revolution was caused by oppressive slavery and discrimination against all but the French elite and led to the death of French and Haitians alike, the French’s expulsion from the island, and the spread of hope and freedom to other oppressed people all over the world.
For example, in the 1960s and 1970s there have been lots of unfairness games playing against the blacks called the Black Power Movement. The Black Power Movement happened during the 1960s and the 1970s in the United States of America. The blacks were affected the most because of their race but both the blacks and the whites were involved in this event. This movement proved to the whites that blacks are as equal as them and should get the same freedom. The Black Power Movement of the 1960s-70s, goals centered around protecting African-Americans from the racist white society.
The Apartheid was developed for several reasons, the major influence was the ideology of racial dominance and fear. White people were the minorities in South Africa, and many of them were worried they would lose their profession, culture and language, thus leading to the establishment of the Apartheid. Several governmental policies were formed, including the Population Registration Act in 1950, which supported the act of racial separation by classifying races into four distinct racial categories; white, black, colored, or others. The colored group was divided into two main subgroups of Indians and Asians. The three categories were divided based on the individuals’ physical appearance and social acceptance.