We can piece together information to infer that not every person in the South held black people in such a deprecating way. Since slavery holds such questionable morals, it was beneficial to the people’s conscience to view slaves as less than human, causing less remorse for their unjust actions. Southern plantation owners, in order to lessen the cruelty of owning slaves, projected the image of an entire race being worth less, to avoid justifying the morality of
Satire is once again used to portray slavery in this novel. For instances, Huck’s father Pap should have been protecting Huck instead of being drunk and abusing Huck. On the other hand, Jim who was a negro slave has more compassion and consideration towards Huck. This shows the foolishness of slavery. Because of Slavery prevalent in that period of time, the slaves were considered to be “mere property” without any emotions or personalities.
The whites feared mixing of the race which is the Mongrel Race; because they were afraid the white race would be diluted. So, they did everything keep blacks at the bottom. The Southern states reacted by creating and enforcing Jim Crow laws. The Jim Crow was a system created as a segregation of colored people and white people, but mainly focusing on blacks. These laws existed because of the idea of being superior (Ferris State University, 2012).
Slave owners feared that if slaves became educated and “waken to a sense of their rights, and of the injustice done them” (Douglass 14), they would eventually revolt and want to simply be treated like a human being. For this reason, slave owners kept their blacks ignorant
In the words of the First Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Eric Williams, “Slavery was not born of racism; rather, racism was the consequence of slavery.” Slavery began in the 16th century when Europeans had the so-called “Slave Traffic” involving African Americans, prisoners of war, and people unable to pay back debt to others. During this time there was no such thing known as “racism” but it slowly began to show as the Europeans began judging the differences of the African Americans. Everyone believed that if you did not have the same characteristics or act the same way as a certain group then you didn’t deserve the same rights as they had. People need to open up their eyes and see that slavery is abolished and along with slavery being gone, so should racism. To begin, many people have different opinions on whether slavery was the cause of racism or not.
Fredrick Douglas was a slave when he was young around 11 years old and eventually one day he ran away from slavery. The thing that is different about him to other slaves he made it out of slavery and he can tell his story from being a slave and being free. In the 1850s Fredrick Douglas broke and followed the strictly moralist brand of “abolitionism” led by William Lloyd Garrison. Racial equality was very important to Douglas he believed that men and woman no matter their race or gender should have a fair say in everything. Fredrick also said that he would feel the same even if he was white.
Typically slave owners would read to their slaves, scriptures taken out of context. They falsely justified and deemed that to halt their use of slaves was unnecessary. If black men and women were given a sense of humanity it not only deprived slave owners the right to treat their slaves as they pleased but also revoked the right to own slaves
Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in a loving household in Atlanta, Georgia with his parents Alberta Williams King and Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. By the time he grew older, Martin noticed the different treatment of black and white people. He knew that people like him didn’t receive the same rights as white people, but he didn’t know why. Martin couldn’t understand
At the same time the percentage of slaveries went up to 90 percent of black Africans. When they tried to calculate the amount of people in the country, they argued if the blacks should be counted, they weren’t count as a full human after all ( the law haven’t accept them as a full human yet). At the end of Civil War, northern union army had promised to free the slaves who fought against the southern army. But they never fulfilled their promise, and the land were returned to the white plantation owners. The blacks had no choice but to work for their former masters, they became farm laborers.
This is shown by the creation of radical groups such as the Black Panthers who have sworn an oath to take care of their fellow “black” communities, while swearing an oath to hate towards all whites and even doing things such as beating/killing people who are white because of how Africans were treated in the past. Nobody, not even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself, could have expected that after abolishing segregation, and Jim Crow that so much hatred could be released towards each other. The reason that segregation has kept people in poverty, is because due to their attitudes towards other ethnicities, it keeps them from advancing and life and keeping hold onto things that were a mistake and shouldn’t have been done; but they don’t feel like they deserve to be forgiven which is a sad shame for people. Once people are able to forgive each other and can forgive themselves, they will begin to get out of poverty and provide for themselves; and they can begin to get along with others which will lead to the manifestation of a society where people won’t feel hatred towards each other and could escape the deeps grasps of poverty. Also, when people begin to not feel hatred towards each other, this begins the actual dream of world peace, but can’t be achieved because of the indifference between them.
On the other hand the North thought that the blacks were unfit for politics and that they need to forget about the conditions of how slavery was. “The blacks, as a people, are unfitted for the proper exercise of political duties… The rising generation of… blacks needed a period of probation and instruction; a period… long enough for the black to have forgotten something of his condition as a slave and learned much of the true method of gaining honorable subsistence and of performing the duties of any position to which he might aspire.” The North thinks that the blacks are unfit for politics but in the South the blacks are being held at gunpoint. The Reconstruction was about helping blacks not killing
He also believed that slavery was morally wrong, for blacks and for whites, but didn’t want it to be abolished in his life time. This is where Jefferson’s hypocritical features peak through. Jefferson believed whole heartedly that blacks were an inferior race that did not have the intellectual capacity to live as equals along side white men. He believed that blacks succumbed too easily to their physical desires, and had no self control. While he believed that Native Americans had the mental capacity to become equal to whites, they just had to conform to white man ways and they could live peacefully and become one race through interracial marriages.
George Lee grew up to be a very influential person in the south despite growing up in poverty and having an abusive stepfather. Lee was born in Edwards, Mississippi in 1904. His mother died while he was a child, and this put a damper his childhood. Despite this, he persevered and graduated from high school. In the 1930’s he became a preacher in the town of Belzoni, a town where many African Americans lived, most in extreme poverty.
Jim Crow Laws are laws that segregated blacks from the whites and it also took a lot of rights from the blacks. After the reconstruction the whites were afraid of the blacks taking over, so they created these laws. After these laws took place the blacks were disrespected and limited rights. The whites wanted these laws so the blacks couldn’t take over the world. The whites needed these laws because they were worried about their families and their businesses.