African American Cultural Diversity Analysis

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African Americans Axia College of the University of Phoenix ETH/125 Cultural Diversity African Americans The story of African American immigration is unique among immigrant groups, just as the African American experience in America has been uniquely central to the course of American life. According to African American Culture & Black History, the history of African Americans in the United States began in 1619 when a Dutch ship brought the first slaves from Africa to the shores of North America. Of all ethnic groups, African Americans were the only ones to arrive on these shores against their will. African Americans were caught up in a brutal system of human exploitation. The treatment they and their descendents…show more content…
The ratification of the 13th Amendment freed them, for the first time ever, from the hands of their Southern masters. Blacks gained control of their own destiny and had chance to rise above their squalid condition. The Congress, dominated by anti-slavery Republicans, was determined to ram through sweeping civil rights legislation equalizing blacks and whites. Republicans passed through the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 over Democratic President Andrew Johnson's veto. This legislation granted citizenship to blacks, an immeasurably important prerequisite for gaining other important rights, such as suffrage. Under the Bill, discrimination because of race was made illegal. The Fourteenth Amendment, added to the Constitution two years later, ensured that the rights gained by blacks under the Bill would be protected from repeal by later Democratic Congresses. In a final blow to Southern Democrats, Republicans also legally guaranteed black male suffrage in the 15th Amendment, bypassing Democratic obstructions in Southern state legislatures. These sweeping pieces of legislation paved the way for blacks to live as equals with whites, making them citizens and supposedly protecting their citizenship against discrimination (Corbin…show more content…
I didn’t go through some of the things that my ancestors did, but I have faced some types of discrimination. As an African American male from the south I have been discriminated against before. I have learned over the years to get away from people who discriminate. The town that I was raised in has a majority of whites in the town and they only see African Americas as drug dealers and troublemakers. When I grew up it was my goal to just get away from this town and its people. I have traveled to a lot of places and now I know that discrimination exists but just not as bluntly as it is in the
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