In the early morning hours, between 2:00 am and 3:30 am, on Sunday, August 28, 1955 a young 14 year old African American kid named Emmett Till is enjoying himself after work when he sees a pretty American girl and decides she is attractive. He says something allegedly awful, disrespectful and horrid and is beaten, blooded and bludgeoned so bad his face is unidentifiable by a group of whites who weren’t tolerate of such behavior. This was, in essence the beginning of a very powerful movement called the civil rights movement. Fast forward over 60 years and Trayvon Martin is the new Emmett Till. A quarter of all African Americans in the United States are found to be in extreme poverty, and one in third is unemployed. They go in hand in hand, you need money to eat. With all this said, it seems not only does African Americans have to deal with racism, but no food, no good jobs, no lavish living which may extend from biases; but is it all a choice?
SECTION A: Conflict Theory
“George Bush doesn’t care about black people” –Kanye West. This statement which may or may not be true is a statement that rings 100% accurately of the mentality of a lot of African Americans. It’s a motto of some sorts. Since before Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery in 1865, there has always been and will be a strong distaste for government, and overall Caucasians from African Americans. A rise in conflict theories became prevalent during the 1960’s with blacks and women alike. Oppression and Jim Crow laws created a volatile environment in the south, mid west and Southern California. Hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan sprouted up and tried to instill fear in African Americans through heinous acts such as lynching and bombing homes and churches. Living became a daunting and frustrating task. Jobs for African Americans were few and far between in the regions with segregation. Education was also limited not just for college kids but elementary and up.
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