Racism affects African Americans with extremity. A huge majority of blacks, around 71%, have been affected or experienced racial discrimination (“Inequality”). Even worse, of that majority, 47% said that someone acted suspicious of them because of their race at least once in
However, blacks succeeded in achieving equality between them and whites. Giving each other almost equal opportunity for education and everyday living. The injustice in the Jim Crow laws gave blacks the inspiration and encouragement to fight back against whites. Which ultimately ended in
In the end, Jim Crow laws were many anti-black laws. The black people suffered while the white people benefited. Jim Crow laws ended with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Jim Crow laws affected society to this day. In the end Jim Crow laws were a form of segregation where whites were considered superior and the black people were considered inferior.
The blacks were treated the worst. In places like the south, we couldn’t even contemplate how bad they were treated. There was no freedom of speech. They weren’t even allowed to look at certain things. If I was a black man back in that day, I would try to move somewhere else, like Canada, where it was a place of freedom in the Civil Rights era along with the slavery era.
The racism that occurs in the United States, impacts multiple minority groups, effecting their standards of living, their overall health and social ability to moves social class. Individuals and institutes have used racism by attempting to be superior to another race, usually a minority. In United States of America, prejudices and discrimination assisted for maintaining power over the minority, for the justification for slavery and discrimination to continue after slavery ended. The film, Inequality Is making Us Sick, discusses how African American women are double the amount of low-birth weight and premature weight than the average white American. The physicians partaking in this study wanted to know why this occurred and how it leads to the conclusion it has to do with the effects of racism.
A Black person could not live a life relatively free of conflict even if they adhered to the ethics of Jim Crow. There were many unfair and ridiculous rules that Blacks had to follow. One of these was that they must always
“The term came to be a derogatory epithet for African Americans and designation for their segregated life,” (Urofsky Jim Crow Law ). Said by DR.David Pilgrim “ African Americans were relegated to the status of second class citizens”. The Jim Crow Laws were a physical separation between whites and colored people because whites were considered to be the ‘chosen people’. For example, in a photo from the Library of Congress in the shape of an arrow is a sign pointing to display that there is separate waiting room for those colored , so whites could wait in their own room. It was these type of signs that constantly reminded blacks of the racial order.
Racism is very much a current issue in our contemporary world. The film, Dear White People, presented a powerful and thought-provoking view on the issue of racism, its effects on society and society’s reaction to it. Racism is a systematic problem that exists in many forms as people perceive and understand racism differently. The issue of white privilege, institutional racism, intersectionality, identity and sexism are interconnected with the issue of racism. Accordingly, I will argue that racism remains to be an issue that exists in our contemporary world.
American society hardly changed socially after the Civil War, with the majority of the U.S. population holding incredibly racist views on black Americans, not specifically limited to the South. Pap’s racism in Huck Finn is insight into the creation of racists across generations, from parent to child. Racism hardly changed after the Civil War, especially in southern states. This racism had begun generations earlier, taught from parent to child over the decades. Racism could not be completely eradicated in the States with ease due to a large older population raising children to hold prejudice views.
In Malcolm’s life, cultural racism was exhibited throughout his life starting with the KKK’s murder of his father and the subsequent cover up to the unjust treatment of blacks in society. Brother Johnson showed Malcolm one of the best examples of cultural racism as he showed Malcolm how the words “black” and “white” differed in the dictionary. The word “black” had a negative connotation to it while the word “white” had a positive connotation to it. This further reinforced the concept that white is good and black is bad. The physiological toil of cultural racism is that blacks are engrained the idea that they can only do measly jobs.