The Emergence of Social Equality Although slavery has been abolished for over 150 years—racial inequality is still apparent today. It is 2018; America is in an era of change, acceptance, and innovation— anyone can be whomever they want to be. Finally, everyone in America belongs and there is equality… except when there isn’t.
Racism has always been a popular topic throughout the course of American history. It may be arguable that African Americans have gained the equality they have fought for, and in more extreme cases, died for. Richard Wright was born after the Civil War, but before the Civil Rights Movement. If he were writing an autobiography today, in 2016, about a black boy growing up in the United States, he would write about the mass incarceration of black men, the discrepancy faced by African Americans with a college degree compared to the whites without, and the difference in wage distribution between white Americans and African Americans.
Numerous events have happened where great injustices were acted out on minorities, whoever that group might be in a particular part of the world. A prime example would be the civil rights movement in the United States. The civil rights movement is always thought of in terms of the distant past, which is not the case. The height of the movement wasn’t fifty years ago. Also, just because segregation was abolished in the United States, doesn’t mean that racism was extinguished too.
The civil rights movement changed lives for millions of African- American people all over. These are some causes and effects of the civil rights movement, unfair laws and freedom then there is the discrimination the good effect is that the are getting accepted for who they are. The first cause I will be talking about is how there were unfair laws and freedom. According to the autobiography “Leon’s Story” If an African American is in the front of the line the white people could just walk in front and get checked out first.
In addition, it is not like the author is pulling these experiences out of thin air these are his experiences he is speaking of his own feelings. This adds so much more credibility to his message by showing readers a different point of view in situations usually told by the other side. Usually in any acts of “misconduct” between white and black people the side of the white person is mostly focused on and unless there is clear evidence contradicting the crime the black man is accused of there is a strong probability that the black man will go to jail
For countless years, there has been deliberate bigotry against people of color all around the world. However, today in America the social prejudice against the African American race has become almost entirely a thing of the past. Researchers argue that the discrimination people of color face has lessened over time and the barriers between whites and blacks have weakened. Education in America has changed significantly to benefit all races since the 1920’s. Education is an essential part in any person’s life no matter their race and every person should be able to receive the same opportunities.
(History). Randolph’s understanding of the economic needs of blacks predated the riots that drew the nation’s attention to them. He also became a critic of the black power movement, which he believed was programmatically bankrupt. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the civil rights movement.
The Emancipation Proclamation which was issued on January 1, 1863 announced that “all persons held as slaves within the rebellious states are, and henceforward shall be free”. However, African Americans in Southern States still face discrimination, because White men theorized their race to be superior. When one race is overpowers the other race, then people will lose individuality as a result of uncontrollable aspects such as skin color. Discrimination is evident in all sorts of forms: mentally and physically that will alter the victims’ development in the society. The 1950’s was greatly known as an “era of great conflict”, because of the civil rights movement for the African American race.
Do we really need reparation? Since Blacks first came to the Americas, they have endure many hurdles. Two hundred fifty years of slavery, ninety years of Jim Crow, sixty years of separated but equal and thirty five more years of racist housing policy. Would compensation for wrongs that have been done make us forget about the wicked past? American law and policy have worked to diminish the Black race and raise all White men to the level of citizen and wealth.
Finally, in 1968, after a long-fought battle, the black community finally accomplished what they had been hoping for and this marked the end of the civil rights movement. Many acts were passed in congress along the way that prohibited the discrimination of others in schools and in the workplace, protected the right for blacks to vote, and gave all races an equal housing
The American way of life has predominantly remained the same since the 1950’s even though substantial changes have taken place. Some comparisons between the 1950’s and today are: insufficient education for non-white students in cities, lack of political reform, and stereotypes. Some things that make today different from the 1950’s are: integration, the fear of communism, and inter-racial marriages. As established in the 1993 film Philadelphia a good definition of discrimination is: “the essence of discrimination: formulating opinions about others not based on their individual merits, but rather on their membership in a group with assumed characteristics.” Therefore many organizations/groups believe that discrimination of any type shall be considered