We must not forget that millions of people are suffering from poverty, injustice and ignorance. We must not forget that our sisters and brothers are waiting for a bright peaceful future. When “Black” is removed from the concept of whose lives matter, not acknowledging the history in our society, you continue marginalizing Black lives and Black contributions from the movement legacy. This homogenizes the movement and makes it have a very different message. In nowadays, hetero-patriarchy and anti-Black racism within our society is still existing, accepted and even expected.
Often times, the individuals who would be helping the slaves would often hear about the horrors of slavery, but they could not feel or visualize the suffering of slaves. The Underground Railroad was that tool that spread a change of perceptions because even the most stubborn of individuals, when they witnessed the conditions of the slaves, and they heard the stories the slaves told when slaves became free, that challenged the dominant ideologies of slavery being good. When thousands of slaves permeated the borders of the northern states, naturally even those who wanted to reject African Americans had to confront and live with the fact that African Americans are not slaves. This generated support for abolition because African Americans were quite competent when they did not have to the basic servile duties for their slave masters. Talented black men like Benjamin Banneker and Phillis Wheatley, a mathematician and a famous poet, proved that free black men could contribute to society (Divine et al 138).
There is no doubt the scourge of racism is a black eye for the beacon of hope and light, which the US is supposed to represent. For far too long most of our citizens have been complacent with the status quo. Racism has grown as part of the very fabric of this country. Ideas of race and ideologies of superiority were state sponsored and fundamental to history and structure of the United States. From the slave trade, voter suppression, lynching, segregation, and human rights violations, the list is long and dirty of the atrocities minorities have endured while under the thumb of the US government.
It challenged the preconceptions that slavery was a dark chapter and did not contribute anything useful for the future. Instead, the Hortons showed that slavery was a huge influence on American history. From integrating their culture to fighting in wars, slavery has left a legacy in America. Unfortunately, while African American culture has survived through the decades, so have racial prejudices. This book was daring to shine a light at this sensitive topic.
In 1964, the Civil Rights Acts ended segregation in American society. Although it appeared to be a step forward in american history at first, an eventual realization lead to prove the opposite. Black people remained victims of discrimination, political oppression, social degradation, and economic exploitation for decades after the act was passed. This blatant inequality and injustice was evidence of the prejudice against Black individuals from the government and people of authority. Malcolm X was a human rights activist, who articulated concepts of racial pride and black nationalism in the early 1960s.
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896, 163 US 537) For centuries people of African descent have suffered of inhumane treatment, discrimination, racism, and segregation. Although in the United States, and in other countries, mistreatment and marginalization towards African descendants has stopped, the racism and discriminations has not. Unfortunately, there have been events proving such statement and it is upsetting to know that after all the decades of fighting for equality this is still an issue for blacks, especially for African-Americans living in our country. African slaves first were brought to America in 1619 to the colony of Jamestown, Virginia. They served as the foundation of a new nation by working on crop production such as tobacco and cotton, and became a solid importance to the South´s economy
Black Lives Matter is beyond a hashtag, it was made not only to bring awareness, but to challenge the many years of discrimination that the black community has faced from our criminal justice system, government, and even schools. Until there is no social change, the phrase “All Lives Matter” should not be said because it removes the attention and focus of the grievances of our black community.
When one thinks of racism, our minds thinks of African Americans or Hispanics and their history of being victims of racial hate in the past and today. We rarely even consider that Native American tribes of today if whether they experience the same type of racial and cultural hate. Living conditions on the reservations have been comparable to that of a third world nation. It is irrational to efficiently explain the many concerns that have added to the trials and tribulations that Native America faces today. The following evidences about the highest pressing matters of economics, health, and shelter gives a clue to what life was like for many of the first Americans.
Although slavery ended, technically African Americans were still not free, and Thurgood Marshall, a prominent lawyer, played a key role in bringing back these rights to African Americans. Before Marshall took action, African Americans were undervalued, even though the Civil War was over, and President Lincoln had already established the Emancipation Proclamation. Though the U.S. acknowledged that all African Americans are free, not all white people were able to accept this fact and continued to commit racist actions. The prologue to Showdown by Wil Haygood and the Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin both illustrate that the injustice and unfair treatment African Americans underwent was a result of their limited rights in society. The Notes
In the United States, where a group of people named Black lives matter has caused a controversy in society due to exploiting media to convey how black and brown people being treated and tried unjustly. The black lives matter is an organization that uses media of all aspects to show what happens to black people in America today from an uncensored standpoint. This example of disobedience is a way of stating that they want their lives to be viewed as valuable as people of other ethnic groups. Over the past several decades there has been no better way to fight for equal rights besides civil disobedience. To conclude, Oscar Wilde's idea that civil disobedience is what causes progress is correct.
One of the issues that is always discussed is race. Now, many people agree that it should not matter what color your skin is, but what kind of a person you are, but sadly, not everyone in the world has looked at it this way. Racist thinking is a bad habit many in the world find difficult to break. The United States has faced this problem. Many years ago, after the Civil War, African Americans were abused and mistreated by the white people.
When slavery was declared illegal in the 19th century, US laws have often been changed or have been manipulated in order to exclude Blacks from financial success, individual freedom, and public participation in our society. As Reverend Harriet Walden, who works on Black on Black violence in Seattle, WA, has said “We cannot talk about this without talking about white supremacy and racism.” From Jim Crow, to redlining, to racial profiling, these barriers have been effective in frustrating Black people’s legal efforts to support themselves and their families. And when people are unable to participate in a legitimate economy, they have at times turned to illegal economies. And those environments support and encourage violence. Since we have not yet achieved a period of true equal opportunity in this country, we are steering some people into illegal activity and lives with more
At the same time, the flow of new indentured servants traveling to the New World greatly decreased due to the Great Fire of London. “Rebels” fails to recognize the construction of race within the colonies, leaving the viewer to believe that racial based discrimination and slavery was innate or somehow preordained. Howard Zinn states that, “There is not a country in world history in which racism has been more important, for so long a time, as the United States” (Zinn). This is vital, because recognizing that race was a social construction helps us to understand that we can take meaningful action to diminish its pernicious influence on American
Segregation was about race” (600). Although the examples he uses are inarguably about race, they brought forth injustices to the greater public becoming important parts of our American history and growth as a nation. Reflecting on our past mistakes while forgetting our growth is not a valid argument when attempting to prove that diversity is inconvenient. America has endured hard times before and we have been able to persevere through the strength of all its people, including those of color. These examples are frequently used to elicit a response in favor of the author’s point of view without needing solid facts from basing it on history.