December the 6th, 1865 marks the end of slavery and white supremacy. A glance at the 21st century America manifests otherwise. Racism is an ongoing issue that contributes largely to class boundaries within significant aspects such as economy, education and society of the United States, making people of color inferior to white people. The key components that construct a country into greatness are economy, education and society. The inequality and injustice present in these interlinked components, bound by social class hierarchy, can lead to desisting the full potential to be a globally respectable nation.
After World War 1, the United States was able to move from war to peace in the 1920s . However, with this transition came racism, the red scare, end of progressivism and bumps within the economy. Domestic problems that the United States had to face was the predicament of African Americans, labor unions that had grown in size and influence , the way that living costs had risen, the Red Scare, etc.
1920’s Racism and the Great Migration During the 1920s, racism was an ordinary experience for anyone who was targeted by the Ku Klux Klan. Ku Klux Klan reached its maximum amount of members in the beginning of the 1920s, while ruining the lives of many immigrants and black migrants. Racism was extremely distinct in the southern states and developed into violent issues and severe segregationist laws in the north and the south. The prejudice events in the south helped shape America’s Great Migration.
What is the purpose of racism? In Theorizing Nationalism, Day and Thompson discuss how racism and nationalism are precisely the same. Racism has the ability to help build nationalism, especially in our young country. LeMay and Barkan in U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Laws & Issues talk about how this racism is used during a specific time period, 1880 to 1920, in the United States of America. Both of these articles argue that when the United States was in a time of peril, they used racism as a unifying factor to bring the country together and as a way to put a group of people lower than themselves to bring their status to a higher point in society.
The United States of America is a land where, according to Thomas Jefferson, all men are created equal, and while that ideal has been recounted a myriad of times throughout the nation’s history, to this day the people of the United States are still unequal. The country’s past is permeated with injustice and tragedy supporting the inequality of people. Whether through the forced exile of Native Americans, the enslavement of an entire race, or the atrocities committed prior to modern labor laws, the U.S.’s history exemplifies the fact that it is far perfect. Racism has recently re-entered forefront of society’s collective agenda, and, despite the passing of 55 years from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech,” it is far from a resolution.
In the 19th Century, “Antebellum” era America, citizens were witnessing America go through a radical metamorphosis. The country had gone from an agricultural empire to an industrial beast, seemingly overnight. To compensate for these great changes and difficulties, many idealists forged plethoras of reformation movements. One of these being, the Second Great Awakening. Two of the issues the Second Great Awakening brought light upon were Temperance (alcoholism), and the ever capsulating issue of racism. For a short modicum of time, many Americans were very against the overconsumption of alcohol, and although racism is always an issue everywhere, many leaders of the Second Great Awakening were abolitionists in addition to being religious leaders.
Racism in Alabama in the 1930s was commonplace in a small town such as Monroeville where Harper Lee grew up.Most of the characters were alike to her own family. Like in the book Harper's father was a lawyer like Atticus and they did have a house maid like Calpurnia as well. African americans were treated like 3rd class citizens. They were treated like slaves for white people, they were kept under white social and economical control.Due to the fact that the south had lost the civil war the african american people in the south were treated worse than those in the north.I think that racism is important to learn about because it is still a huge part of society today. Today racism is unfortunately for still happening and directed towards all races unlike back then when it was more towards african americans.
First of all, today, racial prejudice still exists, but it’s not what it was decades ago; Racism has since declined (Observer). Racism spikes concern to many Americans than it did decades ago (Agiesta, 2015). Researchers, John Dovidio and Samuel Gaertner, have researched today’s racism. From decades of surveying many White Americans, John Dovidio & Samuel Gaertner study found the following: When individuals associate themselves with interracial contact, their feelings about the African American community started to change (Observer). A good example of this notion is seen in young White Americans; the news article titled, Race and Reality in America: Five key findings mentions, mentions that “Younger whites are about as likely as older whites
Racism is a very tragic but important part of history. Blacks in the early 1900s sacrificed their lives just because there was a small chance of change. This just emphasizes how badly they were being treated. But with many sacrifices and attempts things changed.
Racism in the the 1900s The John. F.Kennedy story was one of the greatest president moments caught on camera they even called his finest moment because that was the day that he told the white man get out of the way of the black people that have come to participate in school. That was a big deal back then because racism was a lot bigger than what it is today the reason is because back then were a lot of problems with racism but one of them that pop up most is the story of William Minner, that day his dad and him went to the spring’s to get water this spring was open to both white and black. When they were in line two white men grabbed his dad the reason was because the line in front of them were only white people they told him that
American society has stigma, prejudice and irrational. Racial prejudices based on the spirit values of a people. A land of immigrants with many different traditions from around the world, American have also created themselves such as a melting pot culture, which is the main thing causes racist criminal in USA. Racist discrimination will occur cultural, civilized and legal differences are made to minorities, whether black, Latino, oriental or
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird shows how racism affected people in the 1930’s and how terrible people were treated. Since then, things have changed and racism is not a problem. Racism has changed drastically since the 1930’s; now we do not have a big problem compared to how big of a problem it was in the 30’s. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, we learn how racism affected people, now, things have changed and racism doesn’t affect people as much, because race is a social construct, is not as relevant today and we have developed acceptance of every race. Now, race has changed, but even back in the 1930’s, race had to be taught.
Racism is considered to be one of the most important and difficult topics to be spoken about all over the world. It has become a major problem for the nation during the years. In my essay I would like to speak about the beginning of racism, the situation nowadays, about the Civil Rights Movement and of course about a person, who had the greatest influence on the problem of racism in the history – Martin Luther King.