March 13, 2013
Racism in the Land of the Free
In the United States history there have been many dark times, but many people agree that one of the worst times was during the enslavement of African Americans. Racism was a major problem between the years of 1865 to 1930. Because of the color of their skin, African Americans were treated like animals not humans so the whites decided to use this for labor purposes. Between these years slaves were separated from their families and sold into slavery. They were beaten on a daily basis and women were raped. Whites even used children to become their slaves, working this in factories for days at a time. Because of racism towards the African Americans, these children never had a childhood. Some slaves did make an effort to rebel, for example Harriet Tubman masterminded the Underground Railroad to help slaves escape captivity. David Walker also spoke out years before 1865 calling for a bloody rebellion in the south. Nat Turner, led a slave insurrection leading to the killing of 57 whites. During these years black codes were passed in which African Americans were mistreated; socially, politically and economically. African Americans were discriminated against because of the color of their skin. They were seen simply as property and not people. This led them to be abused violently by upcoming racist groups like the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). James W. Loewen author of Lies my Teacher told Me and a professor of emeritus sociology stated that, ”In Hinds country Mississippi, alone, whites killed an average of one American a day during the confederate reconstruction…[and] In Louisiana in the summer and fall of 1868, white democrats killed 1,081 African Americans”. (Loewen, 160) . Slaves were well aware of the conversations going on around them. They too had their own opinions about their situation. Oscar J. Dunn a former slave stated, “We are insulted in every...
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