“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s truly sad how ignorance is the main thing driving this inequality that blacks have to face. In one of your most famous speeches, “I Have a Dream” I realized that you addressed many important issues. One being that people still look at African Americans as lost causes.
The south was especially upset considering they didn’t want to pay for labor that was once free to them. There continued to be a major separation in American society and by law. Slave codes quickly became black codes. These were a similar set of laws to slave codes, with the same overall goal. The civil war marked freedom to 4 million slaves.
For this reason the white south continued their oppression of all blacks as the “inferior race.” They were very comfortable with the Mississippi Plan of 1875. Wars have been fought (and presently are) due to infringement on individual rights and privileges. Learned professors and politicians more versed than I have yet to glean a plan to prevent these atrocities. I must do my duty to support my government in political and civil rights as described in the US
During the Civil Rights Movement, many white-Americans found themselves falling back into the routine they had been taught from their ancestors. The white backlash during this time showed the African-American community they still had a long fight ahead of them. Dr. King knew during the Civil Rights Movement they were going to be faced with trials but did not realize the cost that came with chasing after his dream. Lives were lost, both white and black, and the white blacklash that was going to be confronting the African-Americans right in the face. The social justice of African-Americans being able to vote turned white Americans in the South into savage animals.
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.
At the end, no matter what white Americans would do to belittle African Americans, it still doesn’t change the fact that many African Americans roles after the Civil War changed because they were now
Lesson 9 1. Puerto Ricans immigrants are often portrayed as poor, lazy and scandalous individuals by Anglo Americans. At times, Puerto Ricans are not allowed to live up to their fullest potential because they are already labeled as impoverished people; stereotypes do not let Puerto Ricans rise to their fullest abilities because they often feel trapped by the welfare rumors. Thus, whenever the dominant white people think of the minorities they will always see the negative side of their labels as opposed to what they are fully capable of. 2.
Later on were the Jim Crow laws which were enforced in the Southern states which led to the tragedy of lynching. Lynching was practiced by an infamous group known as the Ku Klux Klan and became a severe threat to African Americans as time went on. They targeted African Americans who showed any sign of disrespect towards whites. However, they also did it for no reason as black people were beaten or tortured if they weren 't in contact or became disrespectful towards the whites. “Because of Central High School I had to leave Little Rock and my family, because the Ku Klux Klan had a price on my head -- $10,000 dead and $5,000 alive.”
But, around this time the elites realized that the African and European slaves would rebel against those who were higher up. This rebellion caused the Elite to “teach whites the value of whiteness” which divided power by race and started the inequality in race we have in The United States today. From then on laws were put in place to punish blacks like taking away their rights to own property, guns, and access to white women. The transition forced blacks to lose more and more power, they could not learn to read, write, or get a skilled job. Soon, whiteness itself was considered an advantage to make landless whites feel more inclined to treat blacks as lessers.
These laws sought to reinstitute the economic, political, and social norms of slavery by limiting the freedoms of and opportunities for African Americans. Many used the policy of “separate but equal” facilities to justify segregation, but few, if any facilities for blacks were equal to those of whites. In theory, it was to create "separate but equal" treatment, but in practice Jim Crow Laws condemned black citizens to inferior treatment and facilities, such as segregated educational institutions, water fountains, restaurants, hotels, and military units. Today, African American males are still socially crippled by society. Continuing to uphold the mantra that black men are lazy, incompetent, and uneducated, the theory that “prison is the black man’s university” or better known as the “New Jim Crow,” this analogy describes the true nature of statics regarding the ratio of black men in school versus behind bars.
The KKK was based off of racial discrimination, but over time they also adopted anti-semitic qualities along with strong political prejudices as well. According to historylearningsite, “A sinister group was established which was designed to spread fear throughout the Black population that still lived in the southern states. This was the KKK. Only WASP’s could belong to it — White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. It is a common myth that the KKK targeted only the Blacks – also hated were the Jews, Catholics, liberals etc but most hatred was directed against the poor black families in the south who were very vulnerable to attack.”
All of the negativity can cause terrible outcomes such as bullying and discrimination to an immigrant family. Many people think that we should fear who comes to our country and have more rules to let less in. I do not think we need to be worried of who comes to this country because there is more fear in the ones
Around 1954 African Americans wanted to make a change and be treated the same as whites. To do that they needed to protest. Whites definitely heard what they were saying and wanted African Americans to be just like them, but there were also some whites who created lots of violence and killed and hurt African Americans. Whites would even kill a powerful African leaders who were trying to make a change like African Americans. A lot of
Black Lives do Matter Unless you live under a rock, you have atleast heard of black lives matter and understand what this movement mean as a whole. In case you don 't know or understand, Black Lives Matter is a Civil Rights movement against police brutality, wrongful killing of blacks , and being subjective to racism and white supremacist on a daily basis. Some people believe that this movement is racist ,Anti-American, and not a civil rights movement , they believe this just a bunch of thugs that are anti-police ,anti-American and that we are just “pulling the race card” to get what we want in America and to get head in life. Some people also try to change Black Lives Matter to “All Lives Matter” because they do not fully understand the meaning
The fear and racism behind the idea that black people deserved what comes to them is blocking the vast majority of Americans from not only black humanity, but to the fact that they are getting killed as well. Many will assume the central accusation of this piece is "if I 'm scared of black people, which means I 'm racist". However, whether you, or I, or the officers in question personally hate black people is entirely beside the point. Hate doesn 't need to be in the calculus to know whether or not an individual recognizes the humanity in another or at least fosters implicit bias that manifests itself in real world conflict. The fact of the matter is frightened police are killing people, and doing so with impunity because the suspects in question scare us as well.