From the time Africans were first brought to America, they have been subjugated and persecuted. They were stripped of their basic human rights and enslaved for over two centuries before the Reconstruction amendments following the Civil War. Subsequently, they were subject to segregation laws and anti-miscegenation laws until the Civil Rights era of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Even after these breakthroughs, black Americans have still bee...
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...ne man noted how he deliberately relaxes his body while in close quarters with white women so he doesn’t frighten them. (DeAngelis)
In addition to trying not to be seen as a threat to white people, minorities can also feel a need to over-perform and carefully avoid making any mistakes, so as to not create a bad impression of other minorities, “One woman said she was constantly vigilant about her work performance because she was worried that any slipups would negatively affect every black person who came after her.” Regardless of whether people are conscious of it, minorities are often thought of as inferior and dangerous, and this affects how they interact with others in their everyday lives—being the ones to make certain everyone else around them is comfortable and does not see them as a threat—because of preconceived notions that they are ineffectual or menacing.
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