African American Were Enslaved By Whites On The Southern Plantation

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Black Boy Research Paper

African American were enslaved by whites on the Southern plantation for several centuries until President lincoln won the Civil War and abolished slavery. However, the blacks did not obtain the freedom and civil rights that they have longed for after the Civil War. Instead, they were oppressed by the Jim Crow laws and lived a segregated life. Not until the Civil Right Movement in the 1960s that the blacks finally obtain some of the basic civil rights. Today, despite the fact that America has an African American president and many renowned black celebrities in the sport and the music industry, blacks still face racial prejudice and discrimination in everyday life. Richard Wright was born after the Civil War but before the Civil Right Era. If he were writing an autobiography titled Black Boy Today (2016) about a black boy growing up in the United States, he would write about racial profiling against blacks, the wide education gap between black and white, and the unequal job opportunities for blacks.

If Wright was to write Black Boy today, he would examine the phenomenon of racial profiling because it is one of the most serious and longstanding issue in today’s society. Many blacks are being targeted for suspicion of crime, and in some cases, murdered by a law enforcement officials because of their race. On August 9, 2014, a white police officer named Darren Wilson shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown multiple times in Ferguson,…
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