The court system judged people of color more harshly than people of white skin, which led to unfair sentences and lynchings. A lynching is when a person is hanged or executed without a trial; they were very common during this time period. African Americans could only take so much of this, they cried out against the unequal ways that white people practiced. Foundations were formed to aid these people and bring justice to the society they were living in. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) was probably the most significant of these foundations.
Even though slavery had been outlawed for a very long time, segregation during that time kept them at a lower level than whites even still. They made way less in wages, and had even less respect, and when they spoke out, it was considered not their place nor their right. The people of the town would gather and fix the problem as they called it, with violence and mobs. That would turn into lynching’s and chaos. The mixed people were not granted respect as well, even though they had a white parent.
Since the dawn of time the color black has always signified something Dirty, soiled, evil, wicked, disgraceful and without hope. Unfortunately for the African American community this definition does not work for their advantage. The black man has long be... ... middle of paper ... ... number of pathetic people who are hampered and made miserable by the malady popularly called the inferior complex . This is what the African american community is suffering from, so it may seem like the best thing for them to do is go to a phycologist. Unfortunately it seems a lot easier than truly is, and the pride of the community will prevent it from happening.
African American soldiers had to contend with racism from white soldiers especially in the beginning.” In the movie, Sergeant Major John Rawlins is completely disrespected even though he was a higher rank. This quote backs up the fact that African American soldiers were disrespected and not looked as equal to white soldiers because of their skin color. This helps prove that the movie was accurate in showing how African American soldiers were treated poorly by disrespect from other white soldiers. In a letter by the Superintendent of the Organization of Kentucky Black Troops, he writes this to the General Adjutant General of the
Until the war the black race was seen solely as another object for the more prosperous whites in the south to own. After the war the southerners could not handle the fact that the blacks were also people. This led to the horrible way they were treated. The fact that blacks were tortured and killed for insignificant reasons led to more resentment toward the whites from the blacks. This then led to more hatred aimed toward the blacks.
Once African Americans were free, they had nothing and were given very little. Due to the racist attitudes that were rampant in the South, it was nearly impossible to find anything but low paying, unskilled jobs. Because blacks needed work and plantation owners had vacant land they came to a compromise – sharecropping. Sharecropping was an agreement that in exchange for land, a cabin, and tools, at a very high interest rate, the landowner would receive a portion of the harvest. Although this may sound like a good deal, the high interest rates made the debt nearly impossible to repay, thus once again the African Americans were under control of the white race.
One of the biggest civil liberties they lacked was voting rights. To Du Bois voting for African Americans was one of his greatest hopes, he believed that “with the right to vote goes everything” (Niagara Movement 1). If African Americans could gain this right, the doors to other civil equalities would then open. Nonetheless this was not such an easy tasks, there were so many “flagrant...political scandals that reputable men began to leave politics alone” (Of Sons of Masters 5). The African American men and women had been so put down by the whites, that voting to them became too much of a hassle.
The Negro soldiers were tried; the verdict was withheld from public; they were denied the right of appeal, and were hustled to the scaffold (Messenger 96). This example shows how the whites were by far favored over the blacks in the court of law. Also the quote “There is one law for the white man in this country and another for the black man”, shows how the courts were unfair (Messenger 96). During this time period all of the juries had to consist of white males. Most of the white males were prejudice.
Blacks Treated as Lower Class Citizens The black community in the United States of America has always been the target of prejudice from the whites. The Constitution of America states all men should have equal rights, but instead of following the constitution whites have treated the blacks as lower- class citizen. An example that the black community has been treated as a lower class citizen they were being persecuted for trying to get an education. The next example that the black community was being treated as lower class citizens is shown when the blacks could not receive a fair trial in the courts. The final example that the blacks have not been treated as equals was when they could not get a decent job.
When Malcolm X came on the scene he put fear into White people because they weren’t used to hearing the truth about race relations in America and many of them felt that things were just fine because they themselves were living life high on the hog while at the same time exploiting Blacks. Because this type of talk from a black person was new to them they misinterpreted his views as “hate speech” and accused him of trying to incite violence when he was simply trying wake his people up to properly deal with what was happening to them. When Malcolm x was known as Malcolm Little which was from his birth until during his time in prison went he converted to the Nation of Islam ( Malcolm X 154-172) he experienced traumatic events that laid the foundation in terms of how he came to view white people u... ... middle of paper ... ...ica. Anna Hartwell states, “Christianity occupies a central place in Malcolm’s account of white supremacy, in both its global and domestic incarnations” (Hartwell). She also states, “Against this Christian tainted legacy, Malcolm X counterpoises Islam as “the true religion of the black man”.