Since the narrative of Frederick Douglass in 1845, there have been many notable stages of racism towards the black community. Present day, there are no longer slaves, but there still are occurrences of racism towards the black community every year, including daily occurrences that are unaccounted for. Black people, by law, are American citizens who have all the rights as stated in the Bill of Rights, but that doesn’t mean that their neighbors will acknowledge it and treat them as equals. Racism hasn’t changed since Frederick Douglass’s narrative, during the abolitionist movement that earned them that ‘freedom’?
The blacks always seem to receive the short end of the stick, slaves or not slaves. As slaves, they were worked to the bone with little to no rest and barely enough clothes and food to keep them alive. I have never been able to fully grasp that superiority that led those white men to believe they could do what they wished to another human being, but apparently they could do what they wished to their property. The blacks had no human value. The 13th amendment followed the end of the civil war, and blacks were officially freed from slavery. They even gained American citizenship with the 14th amendment, but in the years that followed it did not make much of a difference.
There are several court cases where the blacks had to deal with racism, and many times they were overruled because of prejudice. One of these cases introduced the ‘separate but equal’ policy, and racial segregation began. Black people, and all colored people, could not share many facilities like schools, water fountains, and bus stops with the white people. The needs of the white people were basically prioritized over the colored. Then, Martin Luther King Jr. and many others began to protest against segregation nonviolently. A clan, the Ku Klux Klan, targeted the blacks and anyone who supported them and did many atrocities like hangings, damaging property, and other threats to their lives. This treatment isn’t very different from how they were treated when they were slaves.
This movement resulted in the end of segregation at the cost of many lives. It was worth it, right? Colored and whites can now go to school, the doctor, and the store together, but racism doesn’t seem to have changed very much. Even in modern day, due to the misjudgment from racism, many blacks continue to fall victim to prejudice or even lose their lives. There have been many recent cases of police brutality towards black people, and racism has been considered as a probable factor for many of these cases. There is still violence and obvious discontent with black people. They may be recognized as citizens with rights, but they are not being treated any different.
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An article on a case of police brutality:
Ilo, Stan Chu. “Being a Black Male in America: Racism and the Police.” The Huffington Post.
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