African American Struggles

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African American Struggles

Shaneisa Smith

Soc 308: Racial & Ethnic Groups

Risa Garelick

November 23, 2011

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African American Struggles African Americans are knows to face various issues throughout their lives. From being discriminated against, to trying to fit into society, African Americans still have problems because they are considered to be the minority (McGhee, 2010). African Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have at least partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa and are the direct
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According to Slate Magazine, The Freedman’s Remedy, by E. Bazelon, 2008, Hendrick Humphries helped manage the Cracker Barrel
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Restaurant between 1999 and 2001. He worked very hard and received top performance evaluations, bonuses, and raises. After a while, a new supervisor was working there and allegedly started making racist remarks and there were reports of him punishing black people unfairly. After Hendrick complained to the new supervisor of these problems, he was fired. Hendrick represented himself in court and in the final ruling; he won his case (Bazelon, 2008). When it comes to politics and public policies, African Americans are covered through the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). It is a civil rights organization in the United States and its mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination (Laura, 2011). By law, discrimination shouldn’t exist due to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Articles one and two of the declaration make it clear that everyone is to be treated equally. Article one states that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brother hood”. Article two states that “everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set