“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”, (Rosa Parks). Based on the Constitution, equality in the American society is achievable. Many of the amendments support the idea of people being treated equal. Some people will say that equality isn’t achievable because they will have their own opinions that discriminate others.
Following years of economic depression and war, America was primed for social change and the expansion of civil rights. Many of the changes initially put into law during the Reconstruction Era had been revised or completely rolled back, especially in the South. Black voting was extremely rare due to a racial South and local governments refusing to enforce laws. Many people were disgusted by such regression, after black and racially tolerant whites had worked for so long they seemingly had gotten nowhere. Many looked to violence and fleeing, which solved nothing and lead to even more prejudice.
From document 1, Douglass said that “…the mere hearing of those songs would do more to impress some minds with the horrible character of slavery…” If even the song would tell how horrible the slaves’ lives are, we definitely can say that the slaves are in a miserable condition and they only can express their feelings with their songs. Document 2 is the perspective of a son who saw his father punished by the plantation overseer. “His cries grew fainter and fainter, till a feeble groan was the only response to the final blows.” “But from this hour he became utterly changed. Sullen, morose, and dogged, nothing could be done with him.” Through these descriptions, atrocity of plantation overseer and impact of harsh punishment on slaves are obvious. In document 3, the picture shows that in this bloody trade, slaves are just like materials and goods, they are not treated as people, they are more likely treated like machines and jetton.
In this century, slavery came into play, it was very sad because it separated families, slaves lived under poor conditions, they also had rules like the Black Codes which were laws passed by Southern states that had the intent and the effect of restricting African Americans freedom, and of compelling them to work in a labor economy. In 16-3 “Jacob Brown wishes to find his sister and friends, from whom he was sold about eight years ago.” Many of these people wanted to have liberty; they tried to reunite their families because of the separation of slavery. In addition, black people won their freedom by establishing 13, 14, and 15 amendments that signify freedom, citizenship, and vote. In the movie, “Gone with the Wind”, it shows how slaves suffered during this ages, how they were treated being ruled by their superiors. It clearly explains the example of the life of the former slaves.
The words“ job and white” show a negative connotation, and implies that people of color did not have very pleasant lives before. Dana experienced time traveling to the past, which lead to an external conflict of dealing with racism and slavery. Throughout this experience it showed that Dana was scared yet brave. Going through the tough and harsh conditions from the slavery of the past made Dana strong. This connects to the universal theme that racism is something that occurred long ago, and after many years, it still occurs
America has become a better nation with time, protests and the power of a counter culture always existing to fight for equality, no matter the gender and race. Overall, I support the NFL players they are focusing on the bigger issue that is in America. Everyone knows it, but does anyone else do something no. Many people are scared to use their voice because of the repercussions that occur. Our society needs to keep changing to satisfy all ethnicities and gender in our community.
The American Dream is so essential to our country as it is an honor to reach your goals and make it a reality. The American Dream is the national ethos that people’s lives would be better and more abundant with many opportunities. The American Dream was more accessible to attain back in the days, however, changed over the years. Although the “American Dream” is still possible, many people, minorities are affected by the lack of improvement in social mobility in our society. The American Dream is still alive by being able to live a middle-class lifestyle and by obtaining it through perseverance and hard-work.
Our nation really is getting less and less safe by the minute but as someone that lives here and recognizes the real problem, I do feel strongly about this and hope to soon make a change in the way other young people view our safety as a success and more as something that has to be addressed quickly. We can only do so much to help but we have to start off by making changes within ourselves and start caring more. No one deserves to live in fear due to their race or other people that make our world even more unstable. As citizens we have to bring together our support for this cause in order to really make America as great as it used to
The result of the civil rights movement had a great deal of negative effects on African Americans while bringing them together and strengthening their community towards making a change. A Raisin in the Sun expresses the struggles of a lower-class black family that tries to live in a white neighborhood and be accepted as middle-class. Secondly, government allowed segregation as long as it was separate but equal. This led to an act called the Plessy v. Ferguson case which was an act of rebellion by Homer Plessy. He sat in a white compartment on a train and got arrested for violating the law allowing segregation.
They say without this right people can or will be easily ignored or the worst part abused by their own government and this is what exactly happened to African American citizens that were left living in the South following Civil War Reconstruction Era. Clearly despite the Fourteenth and the Fifteenth amendments that guaranteed the civil rights of African Americans to their right to vote was thoroughly taken away from them by white racist state governments. If a African American citizen was even attempting to exercise his or her right to vote they would often be threatened with losing their job, threats of being abused and actually being verbally abused from a white’s and the white voting clerks which also helped prevented black Southerners from voting out of fear. For those who were not afraid to lose their job or other things all other things that racist white did to them failed, it lead to maybe mob violence and even lynching among other things ended up keeping blacks people away from the voting ballot boxes. Since they did not have the power of the ballot the African Americans in the South had little to no type of influence in their communities.