Black people along with many other groups have been very harshly discriminated but immigrants still keep coming to this country. The history of this country is extremely dark but also great triumph not just for this country but for the whole world. Other nations see America as a country to model not only because of our mistakes but also the things that help humanity push forward like our aid to other nations in time of need. The draw of this country is the fact that people are free to choose how to live their American
In order for them to achieve this, the white southerners came up with the Jim Crow laws to prevent the African Americans from achieving their god given right of being free and equal. This did not end the African hope of becoming equal. After many years of mistreatment, African Americans knew that change in society was necessary. The members of the black population have been enslaved, beaten, abused, neglected and just taken advantage of, since the end of the civil war, even into present times, African Americans have struggled for equality and rights that white Americans often take for granted. Arguably, no post-war struggle was larger or more significant than the movement to eliminate the Jim Crow laws from existence in the South.
The South had an extremely difficult time accepting African Americans as equals, and did anything they could to prevent the desegregation of all races. During the Reconstruction Era, there were plans to end segregation; however, past prejudices and personal beliefs elongated the process. All African Americans thought with the creation of civil rights, they would be free to do what all Americans could do. In the context of civil rights, emancipation means to be free from slavery. The process took much longer than they expected.
He still wanted to end the racial segregation, but he never wanted coexistent afterwards. His philosophy was that the western culture was racist and the Negros needed to form Black Nationalism. In his ideal nation, the Negros would unite and develop self-dependence away from the white because in the global scale, they were a majority, not ... ... middle of paper ... ... achievements. Obama may have not created any drastic changes yet, but he has captured the attention of the world and we are all waiting to see what he will bring out. Throughout history, some individuals have stepped up against the wrongs of society and brought about change through distinctive methods.
They also believe that if you can believe it, you can achieve it. Back in the early 20th century, The American Dream meant something to people; nowadays it is a term that various people loosely throw around. The American Dream is not realistic because it is not attainable to everyone like Cal Thomas presumes and although education, budget cuts and lack of employment may seem of some concern to only a small group of people, it should in fact concern anyone who cares about the status of the economy. The American Dream is the traditional, social ideals of the U.S. such as equality, democracy, and material prosperity. “The American Dream is the ideals of freedom, equality and opportunity, traditionally held to be available to every American” (Dictionary.com).
Washington and W.E.B. Du bois fought for the equality of African Americans, they had different beliefs on how this should be obtained. Booker T. Washington sees the freedom of the slaves in the south as an end to the injustice they have been forced to live through. In his Atlanta Compromise Speech, Washington speaks with great optimism because of the result of the Civil War (Document 6). This optimism was very prevalent in this sentence, "In conclusion, may I repeat that nothing in thirty years has given us more hope and encouragement, and drawn us so near to you of the white race, as this opportunity offered by the Exposition; " (Document 5).
To cover up their racist ways, whites stated the reason freed people could not acquire an education was because a freed person was either mentally unable to learn, or simply too lazy to strive for an education. The white population knew that African American people could possibly mix among them one day, if they were able to learn. Therefore, the whites did all they could possibly do in order to keep the blacks away from all forms of
Nevertheless, many eligible black citizens were prevented from voting; especially in the Southern states of America. Long-standing Southern congressmen exploited their authority to halt legislation that would help blacks. The power of the state governments allowed the continuation of white supremacy and discrimination; the state governments controlled education, transportation and law enforcement. As a result, enfranchisement did not bring greater equality to the black community in America. However, external events such as the two World Wars and the Great Depression encouraged greater equality between blacks and whites.
This subtle racism relates back to the concept of the Dream as well. As Coates states “Very few Americans will directly proclaim that they are in favor of black people being left on the streets. But a very large number of Americans will do all they can to preserve the Dream.” The subtle racism that exists in the school system is designed to keep African Americans below white Americans. It doesn’t plainly do it, but the intent is in the language. No one directly proclaims that schools are designed to sanctify the failure and destruction of black lives, but a large number of educators will speak of “personal responsibility” when the system fails African Americans.
Some presidents thought that they didn’t have constitutional power or the right to abolish slavery. Also during that time the constitution was being written, an agreement was need to be made between all the states and they all had their disagreements about slavery. The government would not have been formed if they thought about ending slavery because not all the states were going to agree and every state needed... ... middle of paper ... ... group that dislike things that they cannot change. Civil rights isn’t just specified towards blacks, although that was a crucial reason why it was so notorious, it is directed to what sex you are, the religion you preach, and the gender you are interested in. A perfect modern example is homosexuality and the right to gay marriage.