Langston Hughes was one of the millions of Black American who faced systemic injustice simply because of their skin color. A choice that no human can make for themselves. This inequality affected Black Americans like Langston Hughes as early as birth. Several laws supported inequality and segregation. Hughes was often fueled by the injustice he faced.
If it weren't for these prejudice thoughts, many people would be together united as one fighting to better one another. As Brent states in “Black Men and Public Space,” “the hatred he feels for blacks makes itself known to him through a variety of avenues - one being his discomfort with that ‘special brand of paranoid touchiness’ to which he says blacks are prone.” (514). Due to this fear of one another, it has brought much tension among many. This discrimination has been going on for many years and is what makes the United States divided. These many examples provided by Brent proved these exact points and showed the belitting of African Americans within Americas society.
With the European enslavement of people from Africa came a need for a viable excuse to do so. The reason that was chosen as a means of justification for the enslavement of Africans was an interpretation of Genesis: the first book of the Bible. Europeans claimed that Africans were the descendants of Ham and were therefore condemned to be “servants unto servants” (Fredrickson). This Biblical justification for slavery lead to a continental view, later expanding to the Americas, that those with black skin were subservient to those with white. The racist moral justification for slavery quickly evolved into legal segregation and the subordination of those of African descent.
Needless to say, such a notion could only be accepted if both parties agree to formalities of their roles, slave and master. Many of the slaves themselves allowed themselves to be tortured and dehumanized by the majority because their faith believed that they and brought it upon themselves. The Curse of Harm, was used as justification of slavery and it was what identified the physical characteristics such as skin and body type to identify the Other. Through their own justification and the justification of the minorities through the majority rule, created a stigma that allowed racism to be born. Had the idea of blood and physical characteristics not become a widely recognized excuse for demonizing the Other during the Middle Ages, racism would have not been
Racial Oppression in American History The United States of America was born from a rebellion and has become one of the leading super powers; a place that is highly sought after to live. Throughout, American history there are instances where racial oppression was the status quo. The rights and civil liberties of people were cast aside either by deep rooted racism, misguided fears or both. Some of the most well-known misdeeds of the United States is the historic treatment of African Americans, Native Americans and Japanese Americans as has been discussed in class. Racial oppression has been in American history in one form or another, taking on many different faces and going in various depths.
Racism in America still perseveres after the Civil Rights movement, shown by the unremitting discrimination of black men and women. A myriad number of accounts about racism and oppression plague America’s archive.
Envision living in a society where innocent people are murdered simply because of a difference in their skin color. Throughout much of America’s history, many African-American’s living in southern United States faced such threats to their lives. However, it was not the actions of the individual that served to endanger the lives of African-Americans in the south but rather the actions of a group of people with similar ideas. The Ku Klux Klan group was the most infamous of all groups. The Ku Klux Klan, also abbreviated as the “KKK”, was contributed to a long lasting racism of Blacks in America that even continues on till this day.
Racism is part of human nature and it has existed throughout human history from antiquity. The first racism cases started between black and white people. Nowadays racism has been spread all over the world despite the globalization that our contemporary civilization has undergone. But, because of the increase of emigrational waves and the intense nationalism, racism has become a big problem not only for immigrant groups but for all the world’s humans. The onus is on us to eliminate the problem of racism before it becomes even worse.
Destruction, poverty, and violence are just a few examples of discrimination that the Black community had to go through during the 1960-1980’s , and are all similar issues portrayed in the films “Black Power Mixtape” and “Do The Right Thing”. Both films have their own story, but both reflect on the racial injustice Black citizens faced, while also educating viewers on the violence that occurred during that time through riots, and police brutality. Each film comments on African American experiences of racial injustice by telling a story of pride and power, while also demonstrating destruction, brutality, and violence throughout the Black community. The famous film directed by Spike Lee “Do The Right Thing”, focuses on racially diverse individuals who live and work in a lower class neighborhood in Brooklyn,
The additional burden of racism has made that transition much more difficult for those whose skin is black, brown, red, or yellow. In no small part because of the tradition of slavery, Blacks have long been targets of abuse. The use of patrols to capture runaway slaves was one of the precursors of formal police forces, especially in the South. This disastrous legacy persisted as an element of the police role even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In some cases, police harassment simply meant people of African descent were more likely to be stopped and questioned by the police, while at the other extreme, they have suffered beatings, and even murder, at the hands of White police.