Reconstruction in 1865 through 1877 was terminated by Southern men due to their lack of acceptance of African Americans in restricting their political rights, not following the North’s precedence of equality, and the assassination of many a men by their ever so popular Klan. Reformation began after the Civil War which was fought over sectional differences and heavy slavery in the South. Southerns had always been pro slavery which contributed to their low treatment of African Americans as a whole. Once the South lost the War they could no longer legally enslave African Americans, but that did not change their persona in the eyes of the rich white men. Equality was a concept for white men according to the South, especially considering that
In general, the non-violent protests orchestrated by Dr. Martin Luther King and other successful black political leaders were viewed as a success as the mistreatment of African Americans had improved. However, racism is viewed as deeply rooted and it was going away overnight or years to come. The whites were still finding ways in the law to discriminate against African Americans and believe the non-violent protest didn’t benefit them so, this sector of the African Americans led to existence of black power. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Therefore, this new law outlawed segregation in public accommodations of every of every kind throughout the country (Robin D. G. Kelley, 2000, p. 236).
In the 19th century, slavery and the Reconstruction was a sore subject for the South. Reconstruction forged civil rights for African-Americans, but once the North’s influenced waned in the South, the South terrorized African-Americans and blocked them from accessing their newfound rights. While Reconstruction may have brought civil rights, those rights were quickly squashed by the South’s racism. Even after certain freedoms were securely gained, every new attempt to make African-Americans equal to the white populace was contested. A large group of people were happy to see slavery ended and civil rights rise.
As Coates departs from Dr. Jones house he thought over the loss of his dear friend. He thinks of the protesters and how perhaps their bodies was abused because they knew that it was not theirs, to begin with. Coates informs his son that it is unlikely that the dreamers will never come to their consciousness. It is clear that racial justice and the dream does not seem to be going away anytime soon, that the black will suffer from inequality and injustice for a very long time. Despite, our society having a former black American president, the media focusing on the protest against police killings Coates sees no prospect of much change.
It is clear that the only way for a black to excel at that time was to conform to the white society. Any rebels that tried to stand up for their rights were mostly killed by anti-black groups such as the KKK. Initially, the story seems to be about one black boy’s struggle to get ahead in a predominantly white society, but then he tries’ to accomplish this goal by adhering to his grandfather's dying and cowardly words in order to conform to this rotten
The Lubolos The Lubolos put an interesting political perspective on the Carnival fiesta. These white men paint their faces black, and sing songs about missing the African homeland and the challenges of pleasing their masters. Unlike the American minstrel shows, the Lubolos are not a mockery of slavery. Instead, they offer their acts as a form of apology for the atrocities of their ancestors. This holds significance in a country whose president was a radical freedom fighter during the 1970s.
After WWII, African-Americans refused to conform to the rules drafted in favor of the white society. The negroes of America used race music as a weapon to demonstrate non-conformity and performed music only to the African-American society. A famous race music in the 1960s was ‘Hound Dog’ performed by an African American blues singer, Big Mama Thornton. Elvis Presley, a white singer who sings like the blacks, would perform the same ‘Hound Dog’ to the white audiences because Big Mama wouldn’t perform for the white society [Rock & Roll, 1950s PDF]. Another instance that shows non-conformity of African-Americans is the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-56).
You have to make a name for yourself if you ever want to impact the world and change it to your liking. An example of this is Martin Luther King Jr. He was born a black man with no political connections, but he galvanized the black community to help him end slavery once and for all. He has earned a name for himself and will be forever remembered in history. There are a lot of people affected by diseases in the world, and at time some diseases can be fatal.
Humorous people are not advised to talk about racism because the things they say can potentially get misinterpreted and offend people. As read in the article, News One, a comedian stated that, “I thought when we elected a black president we were going to get a black president, you know the one where he lifts up his shirt and you see the gun in his pants,” (Maher 1). Maher is stereotyping all black people to being gang affiliated. He labels them as a very negative group of people. Black people took this comedian 's words to heart.
Police brutality is a big issue in this country. “Alex Landau, an African-American man, recalls how he was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when he was pulled over by Denver police officers in 2009, he lost his belief in a colorblind world when he was nearly beaten to death.” ("I Was Almost Another Dead Black Male": Denver Teen Recalls Police Beating After 2009 Traffic Stop”) America is having a lot of trouble with today’s government. Many people agree that the government is unjust and is not as free as stated. Although American citizens get a lot of freedoms, politically our country is unfair.