Race And Racial Discrimination In The United States

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The term race is usually referred as a way to categorize people based on their cultures and physical traits. Racism is the belief that humanity is divided into stratified genetically different socks called races; according to its adherent’s racial differences make one group superior to another. Throughout history, for hundreds of years, the Black race has been considered inferior to Caucasians. African Americans had to go through slavery, segregation, and racial comments of hatred; and they are still fighting for equality. That was in the 1800s and 1900s, and yet in 2009 Black people still have to face the discrimination. February 16, a woman was killed by her pet monkey and some policemen took it upon themselves to take action by shooting the monkey. Later, on Wednesday March 18, the New York Post edited a racially controversial cartoon. The cartoon showed the policemen had killed that monkey and one of them said “they’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” That was meant as a racist statement against the first Black President of America; not only to Barack Obama, but to all Black people. White people have called Blacks many derogatory…show more content…
According to the U.S. census, nearly 4 million slaves were held in a total population of just 12 million in the 15 states. After the Union won the Civil War, the slave-labor system was abolished in the South, and even though the South lost they still found ways to try to keep African Americans behind them. In the late nineteenth century, Southern states enacted Jim Crow laws to enforce racial segregation. To prevent any racially motivated violence most African Americans followed the Jim Crow laws. In the last decade of the 1800s, racial violence and racially discriminated laws aimed directly at African Americans; such as racial segregation, voter suppression, and denial of economic opportunity or resources
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