History of Racism in our country

(Jim Crow Laws/Segregation)

Kiana Sanchez

This topic is very important even if it happened a while back, it still affects us today. When we think of racism we think of the Jim Crow Laws that seperated African American and the white people down in the south. But it wasn’t just happening to the African Americans, it was happening to all colored people down in the south.

Jim Crow Laws were a set of laws and rules that segregated white and black people in the south. They couldn’t go to school together are eat in the same restraints, they also couldn’t use the same restrooms. An example of this can be found in the article “Jim Crow laws (https://www.history.com/topics/jim-crow-laws)” This article says “Segregated waiting rooms in professional offices were required, as well as water fountains, restrooms, building entrances, elevators, cemeteries, even amusement-park cashier windows.” This shows that in the south how the Jim Crow Laws affected the people’s everyday life.

In addition, back then there was so much racism toward black/colored people because white people believed that black people were less than human, like they were nothing. Even though that was a long time ago it is still happening/affecting us today. When Barack Obama became the president, but he was the first ever African American president in the United States of America history. This is a powerful example that illustrates the racism in our country and how it still affects us today. Even if Barack Obama was president it doesn’t mean that there is no racism today. Also Barack Obama has impacted our country. An article “How America Changed During Barack Obama’s Presidency

(www.pewresearch.org/2017/01/10/how-america-changed-during-barack-obamas-presidency)” states “The election of the nation’s first black president raised hopes that race relations in the U.S. would improve, especially among black voters.” President Obama brought hope of race relations.

Another example of this can be found in the article “Why We Are Not Making Progress Against Racism

(http://www.demos.org/blog/9/21/17/why-we-are-not-making-progress-against-racism)” Now we have a black president, so clearly we are not racist,” stated one young woman after the first election of Barack Obama as president of the United States. In the euphoria of Obama’s first election, many Americans—on the left, right, and center—agreed that America had become post-racial. Today, many on the left recognize that America is still struggling with racism.” is an example of how someone had to say we are not racist but yet a group of people would disagree with that. The people on the left are still sees how we are still struggling with racism. We should not have to say we aren’t racist, but yet people of course will always think that we are because Barack Obama was the FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT IN U.S HISTORY.

To summarize, even though back than white and black were segregated and blacks were discriminated. In 1964 The Jim Crow Laws were removed/ended. “The civil rights movement was a struggle for social justice that took place mainly during the 1950s and 1960s for blacks to gain equal rights under the law in the United States. The Civil War had officially abolished slavery, but it didn’t end discrimination against blacks—they continued to endure the devastating effects of racism, especially in the South.” (https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/civil-rights-movement) Today there is still racism and discrimination toward people of race and religion. There will always be discrimination and racism in our country because of what happened back then with everyone thinking that black are nothing not even human we need to find a way to deal with this and it doesn’t help that our own president Donald Trump is racist toward mexicans and immigrants. Our country was built/formed from immigrants.