The Persecution Of African Americans

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The Persecution of African Americans “You are a nothing little nigger” is one of the demeaning phrases African American human beings have heard over the years in an effort to keep them in a state of persecution. This paper will discuss the persecution of the African American. The following documents the struggles, gut wrenching pain, and heart ache of African American people have endured and are still suffering with today. Pain can stem from so far back as childhood, your parents child hood, or even as far as your ancestors child hood. My ancestors were slaves; a long with the majority of African Americans that live today. Being a slave you would endure the most agonizing pain. African Americans were left to wither in this pain for hundreds of years. The pain began when African Americans were “snatched from their homeland Africa, and suffered a ship ride of hell to this foreign country called America (Cottonman1999)”. Why is it referred to as the ship ride of hell? On that ship ride African Americans “were shackled and laid upon boards head to toe with over hundreds of other African Americans to share that cramped confined space. On some of those ships depending on the concern of hygiene African Americans were given maybe three to four buckets to relieve themselves. Some who weren’t able to make it to the bucket had no choice but to relieve themselves where they lie. Hence human feces, urine, puke, and the tears of the person next to them would fill the little space they had between one another (Brooks 2007)”. However that was only the “ship ride” over to America. “African Americans were bought and sold like merchandise. Families split, babies were ripped away from their mother’s chest, and children were sold to masters wit... ... middle of paper ... ...e People: The Treatment of African Slaves." Power to the People. N.p., 5 Dec. 2007. Web. 4 Apr. 2011. . Simkin, john. "Lynching." Spartacus Educational - Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2011. . Wyatt, Gail . "Sociocultural Context of African American and White American Women's Rape." Welcome to the Medical University of South Carolina. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2011. . elwoodin. "3/5th Clause in the Constitution. What is it and why was it put in? | Wise Conservatism." Wise Conservatism | the Reagan Conservative blog….. N.p., 6 Jan. 2011. Web. 5 Apr. 2011. .

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