Examples Of Racism In America Today

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Contrary to popular belief, racism is still well alive in the United States, even in the 21st century. Many attempts have been made to terminate the unwanted social injustice, but its presence is still plainly evident today. Still, there have been many citizens who have become blind to racism. Despite slavery being abolished, and segregation outlawed, racism still exists. A minority in the United States would easily be able to explain in detail the evident facts of racism today, while most white persons will tell you that the country has reached racial equality. Sadly, this is not the case in America today. There are many literary examples that give different perspectives on racism over the course of the 18th and 20th centuries. One of the…show more content…
The alleged gang rape led to decades of court hearings, press coverage, and pain for the men accused. The men were “hoboing”, a common way of life during the Depression. It was important to move from place to place, as everyone was competing for the same jobs across the country. The more land that was covered, the better chance of finding work. This is why the nine African American men were on the Southern freight train on March 25th, 1991. Additionally, there were other people on the train in hopes of finding work. A white gang hopped on the train, and were not happy to greet the negroes that rode with them. Subsequently a rock throwing fight broke out, and as a result the black men were able to throw all but one of the white men off of the train car. Enraged, the white men who had been thrown off went back to the stationmaster. The men described the event as an assault by a gang of blacks. The stationmaster wired ahead, leading to the train’s halt in Alabama. The train was then rushed by men with guns, and the black men were thrown in jail in Scottsboro, earning them their now famous name.
Also in Scottsboro were two millworkers, claiming to have been raped by a gang of twelve black men. In reality, they had participated in sexual relations with the white men on board. Still, one of the women confirmed six of the nine men being held as the men who raped her. Attempts were made to lynch the men, as everyone had already considered them guilty. And why? Because they were black men accused by white women. Luckily, the governor of Alabama ordered that the men be
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