Racism in America
Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” Racism has always be prevalent in America. Racism has taken many forms in America over the past hundred years. Today, new forms of racism has spread through America today. It has enter the forefront of American society and minds. For example, when 9/11 occurred on September 11, 2001. Many Middle Easterners were affected by this new form of racism in America. Racism is everywhere in many different forms. I remember in 8th grade, I went to Walgreens to get some make-up products. As I was just searching through the products I kept see, a lady behind me. So I walked away and she kept following me, so I decided to leave and as I was leaving she asked me if she could see my backpack. So I gave it to her, she thought I was stealing because I was black. And from that day on I still realized that there was still racism in America. Even though racism was bad back then it is still very prevalent and one of the world’s major issues. Many people are not aware of how much racism still exist in our schools, workforces, and anywhere else social lives are occurring. Between the years 1450 though 1850 about 14 million African Americans were shipped to colonies in North America, South America and North Indies. About 90% of
these African Americans were kidnapped. And about 20-30% of them died on the route to these countries. These African American were know as indentured servants, which were a form of debt bondage that occurred in the early years of American colonies. And in 1628 they started to sell these African Americans like a piece of object. African men were sold for about $27 and would serve as a slave for their entire life. Women and children would be sold for about $60. In the late 1660 the trans-Atlantic slave trade begins. And from the early 16th to the mid-19th century about 12 million to 13 million African Americans were taken away and sold. And in 1787, slavery is made illegal by the Northwest Territory. A few years later in 1808 Congress bans the kidnapping of slaves in Africa. And the Missouri Compromise bans slavery north of the southern boundary of Missouri.
During the slavery era which was from (1787-1863), many laws, acts, and amendments were created, some that helped slavery but many that banned it. In 1860 the Missouri Compromise was passed which prohibited the holding and ownerships of slaves in the territory of the United States north of the line. Also the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were passed which abolished slavery, made all African Americans free, and lastly allowed African American man to vote. And then in 1964, this biggest law that helped segregation in America was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This law abolished segregation in public accommodations, public facilities, and employment. This acts helped decrease the amount of segregation and racism in America. Even though there is still racism in America today.
Jumping to present day, racism is still very active today because of the media. As we grow up the media becomes part of our everyday life whether we like it or not. The media is a major part of how racism is still very active in today’s society. Since the early days the media has given racial labels. For example, in crime shows such as “Law and Order”, and “CSI.” When you think of crime, African Americans are the ones reflected as the bad guys. And the whites are often reflected at the “good guy”. The directors and writers use racial stereotypes to make a more interesting story with more suspects or people to target. Most types they target blacks because it’s easy to point the finger at an easy target. America see’s blacks as not capable or as important as whites. Racial discriminations is a big treat in workplace in America. Though is is not as noticeable as it was in the 1960’s it is still very prevalent...
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