Fighting for America

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The country that I now deeply love, and even get a little teary eyed when I sing the National Anthem, did not used to be so welcoming to me and people like me. Before my time there were laws against African-Americans living a normal life. A normal life many before me fought for. Life in the 1950’s was not the easiest for African-Americans. Many Whites still saw African-Americans as an inferior race. This meant many simple everyday task were that much harder for Africans-Americans. Housing Segregation, discrimination in courts, discrimination in public places prevented many African Americans from living the American Dream. All of these examples are only the tip of the ice berg. Going out to eat, shopping, even just going for a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park was nearly impossible. Living was hard for African-Americans as well as trying to work. Many men tried to get work but could not because even though slavery was gone segregation as well as discrimination was thriving. Many African-American men may have been well qualified for a job but would be over looked merely for the fact the color of their skin was two shades too dark. In spite of the double standard in society African-Americans were allowed to fight in American wars. While African-American men were struggling to get simple jobs even hard labor jobs nobody wanted Uncle Sam had no problem sending them to the front lines to fight for their country. African- Americans were allowed to fight in the Army and lay their lives on the line for a country that could not even stand to have little white children and little black children sit in the same class room. While African-Americans were allowed to fight in the Army they were not allowed to be in a same platoon as White men. T... ... middle of paper ... ...rican ways for my right to be an American. Works Cited Cumings, Bruce. “The Korean War”. New York: Random House, 2010. Print Wells, Ronald. “The Wars of America Christian Views”. Grand Rapids: Willimas B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1981. Print Heale, M.J. “American Anticommunism”. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990. Print Heller, Francis. “The Korean War A 25-Year Perspective”. Kansas: The Regents Press of Kansas, 1977. Print Rose, Arnold. “The Negro in America”. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated, 1964. Print Van Deusen, John. “The Black Man in White America”. Washington, D.C.: Associated Publishers, INC., 1938. Print Ploski, Harry A. Ph.D. & Brown, Roscoe C. Jr. Ph.D., “The Negro Almanac”. New York: Bellwether Publishing Company, Inc. 1967. Print Pete Curvey 1948-Present “Negro Patriotism Feels Rebuffed,” P.M., Oct. 5, 1940
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