After his speech, “African Americans embraced Washington as their champion and adopted his autobiography, up from slavery as their guide to better future” (570). On the other hand, there were many people who disagreed with Washington’s view on freedom. One of them was W.E.B. Du Bois who demanded immediate equality for black people. According to Du Bois, he claimed that “ideas not slogans, principles not personalities were essential to the eradication of the many forms of bigotry and inequality that had perverted what he called “the ideal of human brotherhood” in America” (686).
I think this alone tells us a lot about where our society is and that racism still does exist. “Goo... ... middle of paper ... ...termine who we are. In my opinion, African American are discriminated against and often stereotyped more than any other race. Discrimination was a common topic in the 1900’s and therefore many shows dealt with this topic. Another show that greatly showed discrimination was “A Different World.” In one episode one of the main characters, went into a jewelry store and because of her color she was not helped immediately by the sales associate.
Sports During the Gilded Age Specifically during the Gilded Age, African Americans, women and the lower-class were all discriminated against in sporting arenas just as they have been in every aspect of American society. Unfortunately early on in the Gilded Age, sports clearly showed the "significant under-representation among key equality and diversity groups in society"(http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/era.cfm?eraid=9). However, as sports became more popular, Americans came to the realization that there were barriers that needed to be broken between minorities, women and different social-classes. Changing the face of America, the history of sports started off from being games played primarily for entertainment and leisure, to creating equality amongst everyone. The history of sports has been marked by division and discrimination but also has affected modern popular culture and changing social attitudes and standards towards gender equality, social-class and race.
Racism in America was an ongoing situation in the 1900’s that seemed to have no resolve before black athletes took a stand. One prime example can be Jackie Robinson who became the first African-American athlete to play baseball in the modern era. Jackie grew up in one of the most racist towns in Pasadena, California and came from a poor family as his parents were sharecroppers and... ... middle of paper ... ...eaven for many blacks as their performances proved they are no different from their white counterparts. Not only did they rally white troops from their athletic performances, they were able to do so from their voices and personal life. They began to voice their displeasure through various media outlets.
Around the country black males are stereotyped to be violent, mischievous, disrespectful, lazy and more. Black males are seen as a threat to people of different ethnicities whether it is in the business world, interactions with law enforcement or even being in the general public. The misperceptions of black males the make it extremely difficult for us to thrive and live in modern society. Ultimately, giving us an unfair advantage simply due to the color of our skin; something of which we have no control. Though many may not want to believe it, young black men are stereotyped in the business world.
CONCLUSION Although there was a strong sense of inequality amongst the entire American society during this time, African American have prove to be aides in the process of making the game of baseball better for ht future, along with the mentality of the average American. "The African American teams were constant reminder that segregation and inequality existed." (Segregation in Baseball: Internet) What would baseball be without the greats such as Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, or Ken Griffey Jr.?
Many influential blacks in New York thought that the desegregation of baseball was one of the most important topics of the time period and they decided to fight for this goal (Eig 21). Black athletes and the black community created their own sports world because of the hardships they were put through due to racism (Rogosin 3). When baseball was integrated, it brought people of all types together for once to participate in and watch a game they all loved. With all the conflicts going on in the world, the Negro League was a place where all black could come together through a great sport. Black athletes and the black community created their own sports world because of the hardships they were put through due to racism (Rogosin 3).
Both Levenson and Ferry were involved in two race controversies. Former Atlanta Hawks’ owner Bruce Levenson sent out an email to other Hawks CEOs stating that the audience and it entertainment (the team, cheerleaders, halftime talent, music selection, etc.) are all Black. Levenson continued to say in his email that because the audience and entertainment were majority Black, it was scaring aware White fans and investors from coming to the games (Joesph, 2014, USA Today. On the other hand, Hawks’ GM Danny Ferry was recorded during a conference call making defamatory remakes about free agent, at the time, Luol Deng who the Hawks were trying to acquire.
Discussion of police practices and questions of their authority are unique to the Sentinel because of their dominantly black audience. In other newspapers police brutality was mentioned, but according to “Burn Baby Burn,” the white residents of Los Angeles were “blithely unaware” of the extent to which police had domination and power of fear over these communities and so could not relate to the distrust and resentment towards police. “A Tale of Two Riots” further evokes the leadership role of government social programs when it discusses the unequal opportunity blacks have for upward mobility (Pleasant). Because of an inequality in income, housing, and salaries there are many more blacks in poor communities.
Many people were assuming Obama won because he got what they called the "black vote" which is sad to hear because that means people think Obama was elected solely based on the color of his skin instead of his thoughts on how to change our country and make it a "More Perfect Union”. Although Racism does still exist in our world today, it has decreased drastically. African Americans do face a high percentage of discrimination. We can eliminate and remove racism by treating everyone by the same standards. The primary goal is to make the people of our country more aware of the racial issues in our world and give ideas on how to fix.