After the awareness of the slaves’ capabilities and the living in communities with slaves, white people in the North that still supported slavery changed their stance after seeing first hand that black people, not just the few free blacks, were similar to everyone else. After the Underground Railroad, moral code came into question, and with the Constitution demanding all people be equal, the people in the North could no longer bear to uphold slavery. The Underground Railroad was risky and dangerous, but it furthered racial equality by creating a coalition against slavery and by freeing African
The color line in this sense is the fissure of the whites and blacks. The greatest depth of the line is that closest in the heart of the south. Du Bois mentions that the fissure is least in “more older and cultivated” as one moves east; America is not yet of age nor culture enough to understand the gravity of their actions, but they are not excuse by any means. Hate and prejudice is
Throughout many years, racism has taken place starting as early as the construction of what is now the United States. There have been certain issues such as different colors of skin clashing to even demeaning a different race placing them into a different social class. Certain races, majority not being white, have been forced into slavery without even understanding why this is taking place to them. Races were being split into different groups. The white groups were looked to as superior compared to the black race who were looked to as just property and free labor.
There were other factors and incentives that drove the anti-slavery supporters. Larry Gara describes this phenomenon: “While some abolitionists were indignant at the slave system and what it did to black men, many more northerners became anti-southern and antislavery because of what the slave system did or threatened to do to them. A failure to recognize this can easily lead us into a blind alley of oversimplification, and to view the events of a hundred years ago as a morality play with heroes and villains rather than a plausible presentation of a human dilemma.” Gara brings up a good point here. It is important that we don’t view segregation with twentieth century goggles. Racism was with no doubt present on both sides, but neither side would have gone to the extremes that they did over a dispute of how ‘human’ slaves were.
A “nigger”, “coon”, etc. are just two of many other derogatory terms associated to directly attack the black people of the world with no counterpart against the white race. However there is criticism against use of these words. There are also some terms which aren’t even considered offensive, but are used to undermine and discriminate. The word “Negro” for example.
Rare exceptions to this mentality included William Lloyd Garrison, who wrote the abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, expressing views similar to the black abolitionists (Berlin 208). Black abolitionists pursued full equality and freedom. While most white abolitionists concentrated on abolishing slavery, black abolitionists combined antislavery demands with appeals for racial equality and justice (Web). Violence did erupt confirming the white abolitionists worst fears in rebellions such as Nat Turner’s, one of the most violent slave uprising in the south (Oates 192). As such, reforms sought by blacks came slowly and not without setbacks.
Armand quickly places the blame upon Désirée, stating that it must be her that is black. Désirée is shocked at this conclusion made by her husband. The story states, “A quick conception of all that this accusation meant for her nerved her with unwonted courage to deny it” (3). Women in the seventeenth century were essentially seen as only a “pretty face” made to take care of her and her husband’s child or children. It was uncommon for a women to stand up for herself, such as how Désirée defended her origins.
Named after the protagonist, Euripides play ‘Medea’ brings out the sufferings of a lonely wife, seeking revenge from her husband after he betrays her. To some extent, Medea’s actions towards her husband are reasonable. Despite Medea’s love for her children, she slays them both to return the same feeling of loss towards Jason after he betrays her. Her actions were understandable since Jason only wanted his children for power. However, Medea also ends up proving that her husband was right because her actions were indeed barbarous.
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
During the dark years of slavery, there were also African Americans who gained their “freedom” in the North. Considering how White Americans treated and viewed African Americans we must question if “black’s rights” actually qualified as freedom. The free blacks in the North, with all their regulations and rules, would definitely not be considered free in the modern day. Freedom is the being able to do whatever you want, and go where you need to in order to obtain security. African Americans were not given these rights; they were segregated, judged, and treated inhumanely.
Brent describes this love-dream having been her support through many trials, and was dreadfully fearful that this pleasure of her own making would fade. And just as any pleasure of a slave faded, so did this love. Having learned of Linda 's desire to be wedded to this free negro, Dr. Flint stomped out the flames of Love and Hope. If she were to marry, she “must take up with one of (his) slaves(448).” This was the stern reply Linda recieved from her master, whose obsessive nature would not let him do without her. When the subject of “love” is explicitly brough up through an honest answer of Linda 's, Dr. Flint unable to control his outrage at the truth exclaims, “how dare you tell me so,” as if his own heart was bleeding(448).
Even after the Reconstruction era, African Americans did not have equality because they were in as much physical danger as they were as slaves. They were unfairly treated and physically harmed. African Americans did not have the power or the means to stand up for them and to fight for their legal rights. Susie Taylor King, an African American who lived in 1902, spoke about how the white race was allowed to inflict torture on the black race. Although African Americans were no longer enslaved, they were still in great danger; they were being tortured, burned, and murdered.
The “jezebel” was a term that implied a black female slave was a primitive creature with uncontrollable sex urges which caused innocent white slave owners to lose self-control. The blame for the rapes of these women was transferred from the white slave owner to these black females’ slaves to satisfy their “insatiable lust”. The “mammy” was a stereotype label given to nonsexual, therefore a non-threatening, and an undesirable black female slave who cheerfully freed white women from their daily toil. CRT theorists show how these examples elevated white women as virtuous and desirable. At the same time it devalued black women as promiscuous and undesirable.
All in all, the question will remain, Is the criminal Justice system racist. No matter how many times humans ask themselves this question, the answer will not be clear. Depending on who they ask, the answer will always have a divide by color. The interaction between whites and blacks are at an all time high of the racial clash and there are still issues that are preventing both groups from blending together in society. People can see that even in the twenty first century they have made some changes but there are still racial divide in our country.