The History Of Racism In America

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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.

First of all, it is important to understand what racism actually is. Racism consists of both prejudice and discrimination based in social perceptions of biological differences between peoples. (Wikipedia 1). Racism started since the colonial era and the slave era. White people were privileged by law in such questions as immigration, education, work and voting rights. In the 17th century a lot of Irish, Italian and Polish groups were immigrating from Europe. They suffered from discrimination in America. Racism and racial oppression emerged in Europe 's transition from feudalism to capitalism (Socialistworker 2).

We are confronted with the cases of racism every day. But in the 1950th- 1970th the situation was even worse. Everyone has heard about the Civil Rights movement from 1954-65, and the impact that was made through them. Some of the events that took place during those years, will remain forever in the history of America. The most famous of them are:

1. The Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-56

There had been a very successful mass boycott of buses by

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