During the mid-nineteenth century, great changes were sweeping the nation regarding the treatment of blacks. Slavery was still practiced and many white Americans found no fault in it. Others thought it was a despicable institution and sought to have it abolished. Among these people were Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Both were often considered radical in their perception and treatment of blacks considering the severely racist attitude of the time and were the forerunners for black rights.
Even though black people have made many strides this long-standing history of oppression has persevered throughout the generations. The deep-rooted contention of inequality and injustice has infiltrated the social fabric of American society and government as black people today experience discrimination on every level. Structured discrimination has been to blame for the many disparities that black people face in America. The most obvious are the disproportionate amount of minorities in the United States Criminal Justice System. Blacks make up approximately 13% of the U.S. population, and whites 67% of the U.S. population (Census, 2009); however, of the 2.2 million incarcerated, 900,000 are Black (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2011).
From Segregation to Racism During the 20th century there was segregation and racism in the United States. Many people believe these times are over but there is still an extreme amount of racism going on in the country today. During the 1900’s, leaders of all races (Black, Hispanics and whites) were fighting for equality. The majority of the black population was fighting for civil rights,better education, anti-lynching laws and equal opportunities. Jim crow laws, The KKK, and the horrible treatment towards minorities led to the continuance of racism in the country.
Racism in the American Society in the 1920s Black people have always been a part of America's history. They were brought to America in the seventeenth century as slaves by white settlers. Slavery ended by the nineteenth century, and by this time there were more black Americans than white Americans in the southern states. However, Blacks always had a tough time, this is due to the stereotypical view that the people had of them. The whites believed that the Blacks were primitive, illiterate and criminals.
Throughout history, people have discriminated on others to varying degrees. Discrimination has had various motives including religion, class, wealth, and in the case of the United States, race. Racial discrimination on African people in North America started when white slave traders kidnapped people living in Africa and brought them to what would become the United States. This discrimination started with the intent to make monetary gains, but over centuries developed into a deeply rooted hatred for black people. White hatred for black people in the South in the 1950’s was debatably the worst our country ever saw.
Unconscious racism is when the offender disadvantages another based on race without being out right racist to the person. From not giving a job to a person based on the color of their skin to calling out the president for not being born in the country, racism effects people at all status levels. Starting when the first settlers arrived to internment camps to modern day unconscious racism, racism has token many forms and changes according to the time. The key factors that help unconscious racism thrive in our society are the changes to the policy that determine what is a racist act, the formations of stereotype through the concentration of ethnic groups population, and the negative effects of Affirmative action all played a part. For many years blacks and other minority groups have been suffering sentencing disparity in courts throughout the country.
Racism is deeply rooted into society because its origin started in the early colonial days. For centuries, blacks and those of African descent were enslaved. Racism and racial inequality still exist to this day. Many of today’s issues involving blacks and whites stem from the oppression of African Americans in United State history. The road out of slavery was long, tough, violent, and especially deadly.
I am well aware of the oppression that has faced many people of color in our society. I did learn a great deal about how our government is to blame for the racial segregation in our society. America has a history of placing laws and policies on non-whites, thus making it extremely hard for them to live a well-balanced life. I thought it was interesting that immigrants were far more likely to work in mining and industrial jobs than whites. I feel as though this a trend that continues today in America, thus it is evident that we still exclude certain ethnic groups in our society.
It started when the Non-Westerners were dominated by the Western powers that had bigger impact on history; an example would be the slavery started by the Westerners in which Africans were enslaved. The root cause was the racist belief that Black Africans were less fully humans than the white Europeans and their descendants. Racism has existed throughout human history up to this date. It was able to influence wars, slavery, and the division and formation of different nations. According to Aristotle, “those who are so much inferior to others as is the body to the soul, and beasts to... ... middle of paper ... ...m is wrong as early as possible can be of help in having a peaceful society.
During the summer of 1919 racial tensions had come to all time high, apparent in the 35 riots that took place during the summer. Riots in Chicago, Houston, and North Carolina challenged the role of race in America. Blacks pushed the status quo of these communities, such as the Chicago citizens who refused to be regulated to a certain beach, or Houston soldiers who would not tolerate their second class status. These Americans, in particular the Houston soldiers, allude to a change in race relationship, on the part of blacks, but also reinforce the discriminatory Jim Crow policies accepted throughout the nation. In an editorial published within the Chicago Defender, Another Angle of the Trouble, Abbot proposes an alternative causes behind the Red summers riots.