In the following paper I will discuss how the African American, who came as slaves to America, has fought over the centuries to achieve equality in a white society that discriminated them. I will show how abolitionists like Fredrick Douglass and W.E.B Du Bois used literature to fight the preconceptions about the black people. The black man and woman have always had struggles in America, difficulty to assimilate into a society that is mainly made of white people. "Twenty years after Columbus reached the New World, African Negroes, transported by Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese traders, were arriving in the Caribbean Islands. Almost all came as slaves" (Messner, 2.)
Their ancestry may include European settlers, Khoisan and Xhosa people, and imported slaves. The term Coloured was developed in the British era for the people of mixed descent living in Cape Town. It included people of different religions, language groups, wealth and education. They collectively experienced rejection and discrimination Coloured people struggled to define themselves. A definition was not easily found.
Outline: African Americans * Immigrants* Rural Farmers Women of colour Extra: WASPS Prohibition Industry Women "All Americans experienced the boom of the 1920 's" In the United States, a popular belief is that all Americans experienced the boom of the 1920 's. However, minority groups were left out of the country 's economic success at the time. African Americans remained a minority group even with movements such as the 'Harlem Renaissance ' and the creation of the NAACP. Similar to African Americans, immigrants old and new were often below or just above the poverty line and were still 'last hired, first fired ' with hate being directed to their entry and existence from the people as well as the government. As the rest of the America
From the perspective of white people, coloured/black people were just as animals to be manipulated. Today there are some Americans who still think like that. But they don't know that blacks were humans like whites. Today in America there are a lot of different nations living together. It means a lot of different cultures , regions,physical characteristics...
So the black people did not speak Black English all the time. They tend to use code switching between Black English and Standard English to be more understandable. Some blacks use black English because they didn’t want to be something they aren’t. They wanted to reserve their African heritage. Black English is highly figurative, metaphorical, rhythmic, and often melodic language, which reflect the blacks oral traditions.
Over the course of the American history, black people were oppressed and treated unfairly. A few ways that society treated black people is by segregating them from white people, beating them up, and taking advantage of them. As a consequence, African Americans grew up in an environment were limited in their abilities, had hatred towards the white, and had a constant judgment from white people. These factors contributed towards the way society viewed African Americans, flawed, uneducated, and poor. Yet, a notable person who overcame these obstacles and made the most out of his experiences was Malcolm X.
In the 17th century a lot of Irish, Italian and Polish groups were immigrating from Europe. They suffered from discrimination in America. Racism and racial oppression emerged in Europe 's transition from feudalism to capitalism (Socialistworker 2). We are confronted with the cases of racism every day. But in the 1950th- 1970th the situation was even worse.
Before imperialism there were: large kingdoms, small villages, sheredes/chefs, some had large herds and cattle, good educated, islamic rulers, and people who worshipped gods. Europeans disrupted traditional ways and impeded their beliefs and social structures on colonized africa. Africa was changed into a caste system where racial, ethnic, and religious differences were of extreme significance, as enforced by European law. The structure and business of the African economy was directed by what the colonial powers felt was needed. The European powers blended with the African society and inflicted them by their supposedly superior way of life.
For many years racism and colonialism have been the reality of the world. Both were used to advance the idea that one race was superior to another, the blacks being inferior to the whites. The Atlantic Slave trade headed the notion of colonialism, the whites believed it was their duty to civilize the blacks as they were seen as ‘untamed beasts’ that needed to be colonized. This resulted in a number of whites exploiting the blacks to gain wealth whilst, the blacks lost everything (families, identities and even their lives). The whites were skilled at manipulating to the point that some blacks believed their views as they often found ways to justify their actions.