Discrimination in United States

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Part I: Story: Russian in USA: United States of America and Russia are two very powerful countries who constantly have political problems between each other. The tension between these two countries affects their populations. Native Russians do not like Americans and Native Americans do not like Russians. I am a Russian living in the U.S. right now and I would like to share my feelings and thoughts about discrimination. I was worried about discrimination in the U.S before starting my college career as a student, because Russia and the U.S. are not fond of each other. I thought that when I arrived in the United States, I would be uncomfortable, but I was wrong. I have studied for more than half a year at my university and I never felt any discrimination, instead I am well respected. Americans are very friendly and welcoming people. Today, most Russians consider Americans to be fortunate. I think this is due to the fact that the Russian people are living much poorer lives than Americans. The older generation of Russians dislikes Americans because of the Cold War that happened between Russia and the United States. This war lasted 45 years and ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. I am apart of today’s generation of Russians and I love Americans. Americans are friendly people who respect each other and I definitely appreciate their kindness. Despite the fact that I'm Russian, I feel the kind response that the American people have shown me. I am very happy to be in the United States where I receive a lot of new experiences every day. Part II: A Brief History of Modern Civil Rights Era: American civil rights movement it is mass protest movement against racial segregation and discrimination in the southern United States that came to national prominence during the mid-1950s. This movement had its roots in the centuries-long efforts of African slaves and their descendants to resist racial oppression and abolish the institution of slavery. Although American slaves were emancipated as a result of the Civil War and were then granted basic civil rights through the passage of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution, struggles to secure federal protection of these rights continued during the next century. Through nonviolent protest, the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s broke the pattern of public facilities’ being segregated by “race” in the South and achieved the most important breakthrough in equal-rights legislation for African Americans since the Reconstruction period (1865–77). Although the passage in 1964 and 1965 of major civil rights legislation was victorious for the movement, by then militant black activists had begun to see their struggle as a freedom or liberation movement not just seeking civil rights reforms but instead confronting the enduring economic, political, and cultural consequences of past racial oppression (Clayborne). Modern Civil Rights Era 1955-1960 it was really difficult and important period for black Americans. During this period University of Oklahoma decides to allow black students, Blacks in Tallahassee. Florida begins defying segregation on city buses. Civil Rights Act of 1957 signed by President Eisenhower. 13 blacks arrested for sitting in front of bus in Birmingham. Alabama passes laws to limit black voter registration. February 1 1960 four black students sit at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, sparking six months of the Greensboro Sit-Ins. the civil rights movement in the united states changed the world forever. Tennessee was at the very eye of the social storm that transformed our nation, breaking down centuries old prejudices and modes of oppression (Tennessee State Museum). Part III: Durham Sit In: On February 8, 1960 about twenty male and female students from North Carolina College organized their own sit-in at the Woolworth’s, S.H. Kress, and Walgreens lunch counters in downtown Durham. Inspired in part by a profound...
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