Imagine everything African Americans went through during the time people owned slaves and how they felt about themselves and their kind. Today in some cases that still happens whether it’s housing segregation or just while they’re walking around. White people see them as different and it’s not okay. People in the government aren’t any different. Our country was built with African Americans not being treated equal and today it’s the same. Segregation in neighborhoods is mostly what we see today. People of the black ethnicity are mostly living in the more poor neighborhoods because they don’t make enough to live in the “rich” neighborhoods this is probably the biggest issue today because they aren’t treated equal so they don’t live equal. Despite the number of african-american representatives and people in politics rising to their peak, they’re still oppressed in most of the country. This is because of the systemic racism of the US it isn’t possible to end this by putting more African Americans in office, but instead we must change the system itself to allow african-americans and other minorities to be able to appreciate full equality of opportunity.
During the Jim Crow days African Americans could do as much as they could to be equal to everyone. They did bus boycotts marches and even tried violence but none of it seemed to work. They felt like they were getting nowhere. There was different bus seating, different bathrooms, different water fountains and much more that African Americans wouldn’t touch but white could. “In 1968, after a lot of riots around the nation a commission appointed by the President concluded that “our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal” and that “segregation and poverty have created in the racial ghetto a destructive environment totally unknown to most white Americans.” What white Americans have never fully understood but what the Negro can never forget is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto.” (. ) African Americans mostly live in the ghettos because they feel separated from the white communities. They feel that they don’t “belong” with them because of our country’s history.
In the last 50 years, the two societies have separated even further. Although a small African American class has been permitted to move itself into America, those who didn’t come are more segregated now than they were in 1968. “In 1917, the U.S. Supreme Court found ordinances like Baltimore’s 1910 segregation rule unconstitutional, not because they abridged African Americans’ rights to live where they could afford, but because they restricted the property rights of (white) homeowners to sell to whomever they wished.” Baltimore’s mayor took action by instructing city building inspectors and health department investigators to cite for code violations anyone who rented or sold to blacks in predominantly white neighborhoods. Also, People who work for the government don’t reply to African Americans as often they do to whites because the system is corrupt and they don’t think they need to respond because what blacks have to say isn’t as important.
Despite the great strides minorities have taken to achieve equality, they are still discriminated against and abused in society by cops, businesses, and the government itself. All measures being taken to achieve equality and push for it, there is only so much that can be done before it becomes systematic. The system itself needs to be changed, with new laws being implemented as well as old laws and amendments being revised and changed. Finally, we as a society must enforce these changes, and the structure of our police and government must reflect how we enforce them.
Article by Carson Johnson & Video by Ethan Ludwig
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