MLK ESSAY

Topics: Barack Obama, Racism, Racial segregation Pages: 2 (479 words) Published: January 26, 2014
What would life be if civil rights movement had never happened? African Americans would still be discriminated against and segregation might have expanded to other areas. Without the civil rights movement from the 1950s and 1960s, education would not be the same, segregation would still exist in neighborhoods and cities, employment would be difficult for African Americans. In terms of education, school would probably still be segregated under the “separate but equal” law, which clearly when it was not really equal[c1] . When African Americans could not attend school, white people used to claim that education was a threat to society because people of color were not smart enough to get an education. If civil rights never happened, today we would not have a diverse background and student population. Today we have students in classrooms from all over the world; we have opportunities to learn from them and their different point of view[c2] . When it comes to housing, white populations would live in rich communities while African Americans and other minorities would live in poor places with bad facilities. They would probably not have as much access to clean water or healthy food because African Americans would not be able to afford it. People of color would be living in an environment with a lot of violence and with a lot of dreams[c3] . Their living conditions would be very bad when whites would have all the luxury they could possibly possess[c4] . African Americans would not have the same opportunity to get a decent job like they do today. White populations would be in charge and make African Americans get low paying jobs where they can only survive with the little amount of money they receive. Women’s wages would be one half or a third of men’s wages, like it used to be. There would be significant wage gaps[c5] . We would never have our first black president, Barack Obama. He would not have had the access to education and resources he did when he became president....
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