African Americans Struggled For Racial Equality

1798 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
African Americans struggled for racial equality in the early 1950’s and 1960’s. After the Civil War, the federal government passed the 13th (prohibiting slavery), 14th (due process to all citizens), and 15th (the right to vote for all citizens) amendments, as well as The Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 to protect the civil rights of black people. However, Jim Crow Laws were established between 1874 and 1975 to separate the white and black races in the American South. In theory, it was to create "separate but equal" treatment, but in practice Jim Crow Laws condemned black citizens. Although these laws were eventually deemed unconstitutional, severe racism and discrimination toward black people continued to dominate the culture of some parts of the south for seventy or eighty years. Although the Jim Crow laws do not exist anymore, America is still plagued by racism and African Americans are still being discriminated and treated unfairly in regards to employment, law enforcement, and hate crimes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate among African Americans have been double the amount among that of whites for the past six decades. The news media are so quick and non-hesitant to report how African Americans unemployment rate are steadily rising, but they fail to mention specific hurdles faced like encountering racial bias while job hunting and the fact a majority of the communities lack job networks. For most job applicants, getting called for an…
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