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African American Racism

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For decades, African Americans have been on a racial discrimination and extremely deadly roller coaster ride for justice and equality. In this new day and age, racial tendencies and prejudice has improved since the 1700-1800s,however, they are slowly going back to certain old ways with voting laws and restaurants having the option to serve blacks or not. It all began with the start of slavery around 1619. The start of the New World, the settlers needed resources England and other countries had, which started the Triangle Trade. The New England settlers manufactured and shipped rum to West Africa; West Africa traded slaves to the West Indies for molasses and money . From the very beginning, they treated African Americans like an object or animals instead of another human being with feelings and emotions. Women that were pregnant gave birth to children already classified as slaves. After the American Revolution, people in the north started to realize the oppression and treatment of blacks to how the British was treating them. In 1787, the Northwest Territory made slavery illegal and the US Constitution states that congress could no longer ban the trade of slaves until 1808 (Brunner). However, since the invention of the cotton gin, the increase for labor on the field increased the demand for slave workers. Soon the South went thru an economic crisis with the soil, tobacco, and cash crops with dropped the prices of slaves and increased slave labor even more. To ensure that the slaves do not start a rebellion, congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act in 1793 that made it a federal crime to assist a slave in escaping (Black History Milestones). This is the first of many Acts that is applied to only African-Americans and the start of many ...

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...the biggest win in the United States as a whole, but also for the African American community Have we as a people come together to overcome obstacles of race and discrimination over the years? The answer to that is yes, yes we have. Years ago, people never understood that being different from one another is okay. Yes, there still is racism in this country but that may never go away because how people were raised to the mindset of segregation and hate. The question I asked in the beginning, are African-Americans constitutional rights today still intact and effective than how their rights were 500 years ago. With the cases and their outcomes makes the conclusion that yes African American right are still to this day intact and better enforced equally than how it was 500 years ago. We as a people have improved and are still improving on social issues, equality, and race.