Journal Entry from an African American

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Dear Journal,

I am part of a subordinate group called African Americans. My family was brought to Jamestown Virginia in 1619 as slaves. I was therefore born into slavery. When I was 11 years old, my sister and me were kidnapped and never seen our parents again. I sit here and all I can think about is being free. When will the world treat me as an equal? The rising demand for sugar, coffee, cotton, and tobacco created a greater demand for slaves by other slave trading countries. Spain, France, the Dutch, and English are in competition for the cheap labor needed to work their colonial plantation system producing those lucrative goods. The slave trade is so profitable that, the Royal African Company chartered by Charles II of England superseded the other traders and has become the richest shipper of human slaves to the mainland of the Americas. The slaves are so valuable to the open market - they are being called "Black Gold." Many groups of slaves are slowly emigrating to settle in the United States, but as a member of a subordinate group, I am experiencing a narrowing of life’s opportunities for success, education, wealth, and the pursuit of happiness. Extermination, expulsion, secession, segregation, fusion, and assimilation are all consequences that we face being a subordinate group. African Americans have called for a succession and supported the return of blacks to Africa to try to solve racial problems, but that hasn’t been approved as of yet. This is unfortunate because we should not be segregated. I feel we are all equal. I am a black person that can do all the same things as a white person, Chinese, European, and any other race can do. I just wish I could make people treat everyone equally.

Well journal, it has been months since I wrote to you, and we have finally made it to the United States. It is great to finally be free. The 13th amendment of the constitution, which states, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the...
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