One of the most famous lines of the Declaration of Independence is that “all men are created equal…”, yet American society does not always treat people as though they are all equal. America’s roots come from the fight against oppression, yet as our country continued to grow we became the oppressors. Although America has tried to write some of its wrongs from the past there are still traces left behind. The effects of segregational laws and sketchy housing practices have carried on to hurt minorities in America. Segregational laws have been eradicated, but the societal sigmas created from the laws continue and have created a process of De Facto segregation in American society against all minorities.
Segregation is an injustice towards blacks. Injustice is a lack of fairness or justice. Segregation is the separation of humans, according to their race or color. Segregation started in 1849 and lasted until 1950, this time was often called “The Segregation Era”. Many colored people hated the fact of being separated but only a few took a stand and did something about it.
In the article, Has America Given Up on the Dream of Racial Integration by Alana Semuels, the author uses testimonies to strengthen her argument that cities today are still segregated. She mainly refers to Beaumont in Texas. One example of using a personal testimony is the author used the quote from Janice Brassard, “This town is caught in the 1950s,” to imply that Beaumont is still stuck in the Civil Rights era. They live with racism and discrimination which proves her claim of “Has America given up on racial integration?” According to John Henneberg, a fair-housing advocate, the government and authority won’t interfere unless there is a big problem.
There are certain events in the United States’ past that bring great embarrassment to its citizens. One of these embarrassing black marks on the United States’ not so perfect record is slavery. The unbelievably cruel treatment of black men, women, and children seems unreal, and the way that people lawfully treated other human beings as property is disgraceful. When the United States’ founding fathers declared independence from Britain in 1776 slavery was not the issue at hand, and it took almost ninety years of change, and four years of bloodshed caused by a civil war for the abolition of slavery to occur. However, the mistreatment of African Americans did not stop there, as U.S. citizens continued to stain the canvas of U.S. history with unequal
From the slavery of African and Native American slaves to Jim Crow laws that dominated the South in the 20th century to police brutality that currently plagues the country, race has always been divisive in America. White, African-American, Asian, Latino are all races or ethnicities that create not only a division between people, but an expected societal role. What happens when two of those divisive categories combine? What is their new label? Do they have a new role?
Throughout the entire time period, whites continued to be opposed to Reconstruction for their own personal reasonings, and they kept resisting any attempt by the federal government to give equality to all African Americans. Once Reconstruction came to an end, there was then a time period of segregation towards blacks, leading to Jim Crow laws and a loss of focus toward African American civil rights. Since there were two world wars in a 50 year time period, the focus towards these civil rights was majorly sidetracked. In today’s society there is still believed to be problems with white supremacy and prejudice towards blacks. There will always be people who won’t ever believe in equality, but the rights that are reserved today are a major step
The Impact that Race and Class has on Wealth America is a place of potential opportunity and success. There is a possibility of prosperity for everyone, no matter one’s race, social class, or ethnicity. However, success is more easily achievable for white Americans. People of color in America have struggled for centuries with housing, jobs and education all due to their race. Even though it is not just, white Americans have had the upper hand simply because of their skin color.
Racism, Discrimination, And Segregation Racial slurs, racial profiling, and police brutality are a form of discrimination that cause a separation between minorities and White Americans. The discrimination of the African American race is still a big issue today. Racial inequality is an event embedded in people's cultures to treat other human beings like they’re less than. The African American race has been beaten down upon by many races.
In the late 1950’s there was a great racial divide in the southern part of the United States. This racial divide consisted of the segregation of schools, public facilities, and public transportation. Violence against black people was common at polling places, and any attempt at the integration of schools. Many blacks suffered greatly at the hands of the white community.
Have you ever thought about what makes a person good or evil? According to the Golden Rule we as humans should treat others the way we would want to be treated but this is not all ways the case. African Americans have fought for equality for an extensive period of time against desegregation and Racism. Due to the fact that White southerners were not happy with the end of slavery and the prospect of living or working “equally” with blacks whom they considered inferior.