However, even with so many civil rights movements, black men and women are still fighting against discrimination and equality. Until there are enough black citizens that are powerful enough to change the way society and government works, blacks citizens
The face of American democracy is deceptive; from missionary trips to military tours, America’s global dominion has always been referenced with coy euphemisms—“diplomacy,” “leadership,” tying to mask imperialism as setting a good example. As America tries to up hold their motto of being the land of the free, they force their ideals on other countries with or without the support of the people living there. While America focuses on spreading American ideals across the globe, its own citizens don’t even live in an ideal America. Black Americans have been discriminated against since America was founded; from slavery to the Jim Crow south, Black Americans have fought for their rights and against American imperialism. The Middle East is no different;
The Confederacy fought for slavery and states’ rights. During the war, the South faced poverty and struggled to gain support from foreign countries. The Confederacy was also known for being the rebels. The Confederates seceded because they wanted to hold on to slavery, states’ rights, and political liberty for whites. They thought that the election of Abraham Lincoln threatened their way of living based on slavery.
African-American historian W.E.B Dubois illustrated how the Civil War brought the problems of African-American experiences into the spotlight. As a socialist, he argued against the traditional Dunning interpretations and voiced opinions about the failures and benefits of the Civil War era, which he branded as a ‘splendid failure’. The impacts of Civil War era enabled African-Americans to “form their own fraternal organizations, worship in their own churches and embrace the notion of an activist government that promoted and safeguarded the welfare of its citizens.” Thus black people developed a social consensus and reached levels of social integration once hindered by the horrors of slavery. However, in his book Black Reconstruction in America (1935), Dubois observed how racial divisions amongst white and black laborers prevented them uniting against the white property-owning individuals. Ultimately, he argues
They formed a ten-point program to being full equality to African Americans in trials, employment, military, etc. However, the program also formed a use of violence such as guns against the police. The article states that their goal was to "change society by uniting African Americans against their white oppressors"
Wells was an African American who saw hope in the African American life to change since she saw it with her parents being former slaves and achieved higher things. That perspective changed when she saw the rights of African Americans being taken away from white Americans. Wells’s goals were to let the world know the horrible things that happened in the South to African Americans. In Memphis, she was editor for the Free Speech and Headlight there she” editorials under the pseudonym "Iola," she condemned violence against blacks, disfranchisement, poor schools, and the failure of black people to fight for their rights.” (PBS) In 1892, her friend Tom Moss, a respected black store owner and friend of Barnett, were lynched after defending his store against an attack by whites. Wells, angry of the evil attacked she wrote in her newspaper exposing the lynches that happened to innocent people.
He was a key figure, perhaps the key figure, in making the NAACP a truly national organization capable of mounting the attack that eventually led to the dismantling of the system of segregation by law” (James Weldon Johnson’s Life and Career). Its hard to imagine how African Americans felt living with this around them all the time, to know if a white person had something against you. They could claim you did something you didn’t even do and you could pay the price with your life. What if there was never a time African Americans had to face the Jim Crow laws and lynching, how would it be now? How would history have changed?
This was significant because Douglass was an important figure of human rights and fought hard to gain black suffrage. July 30, 1866 - Ku Klux Klan The Ku Klux Klan was established in Tennessee to intimidate African Americans. Another goal was to restore white rule. April 9, 1866- Congress pass the Civil Rights Act Congress pass the Civil Rights Act that gave all citizens under law, the right to make contracts, the right to own/sell property, and the right to equal treatment. This is significant because these acts allowed freed slaves to receive equal treatment as non slaves., March 2, 1867- Congress pass the first Reconstruction Act Five military districts that were under the leadership of a military general were created.
Nonviolent protest is the act of protesting nonviolently to gain justice. In the mid-1900s, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Montgomery Approvement Association and the Southern Leadership Conference were nonviolent organizations, nonviolently fighting for desegregation. To bring fairness to African American citizens, the NAACP was formed to work towards black equality in Criminal and Civil cases. In the 1900s, southern states began the Civil Rights Movement as African Americans became fed up with the continuation of disenfranchisement, segregation, and race brutality. Years after the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were declared in the Bill of Rights, African Americans were still faced with the “Separate but Equal” doctrine that was
African American majority in the Southern States even after the emancipation proclamation still encounter segregation, oppression, disenfranchisement and racial violence. (National Park Service) The “separate but equal” doctrine was the foundation for discrimination which shines light on the dilemma of the African American people. With white ultimatum to dominate society using their unsupported white supremacist belief to intimidate and dissuade African American from their rights civil rights activists had to take the necessary step to protect the black American
A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), by James H. Cone, brings light to the liberation of the oppressed by relating it to the black’s struggle against the whites. In Cone’s opinion, black theologians must fight to liberate the black people. To do this, the oppressed, must separate themselves from white religion if they wish to keep to the “goal of the revolution” (Cone, 1990, 57). According to Cone, Christianity serves to the oppressors since it was forged from white supremacy; therefore, it must instead be forged from the suffering of black people. He states that the community represent only the interest of nation that is committed to the maintenance of white supremacy (Cone, 1990, 55).
The main goal for the Black Panthers was not only to protect the African Americans but also to provide them with equal rights and opportunities. The prejudice that the African Americans went through got to a specific point where the Black Panthers felt they had no other choice but to use violence to get what they want. A lot was going on around the time of the Black Panthers creation. The Civil Rights movement was probably
Movements involved the songs described the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Movement. Designed as uprisings to political, economic, and social stances toward the ideal of separatism. Separatism as an idea for both movements because of lack of civil rights based off US history, blacks who descendants of slaves could not possess equal opportunities as their white counterparts. Black Americans from the 1970s and onward still lived in a type of enslavement where the oppression lies within their own history robbed from them. Common, Tupac Shakur, and Dead Prez with The Last Poets described those two movements depicting the representations in their music to their legacy of Black Power to the black people of today.
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