Persuasive Essay On Racism

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Is America Racist? As a privileged white female in the United States, I don’t personally deal with any racism. But millions of Americans are impacted by racism on a daily basis. They are exposed to ignorant slurs and racial violence constantly. Some people say that not everyone is America is racist. That America as a whole is accepting and welcoming. If so, why did we elect a president whose immigration policies will limit entry of millions of non-white people into our country? How is it that black teens can’t walk down the street without the fear of getting harassed? How is that we, as Americans, still don’t accept everyone? People in this country have been exposed to racism for too long. It has moved from one person to another…show more content…
Douglass, a former slave, himself writes,“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave” (Douglass ). If slaves were educated, the slaveowners were concerned that they would be able to gain power.This lack of education continued a cycle of poverty that black people suffer from today. Even though slavery was abolished in 1865, racism continued to flourish. Even after slavery was abolished, segregation was the law of the land. Considered dirty and untrustworthy, black people were seen as the lesser race. They were forced to live in separate neighborhoods and attend separate schools, churches, and even hospitals. Separate entrances, bathrooms, and water fountains became a routine part of daily life in America into the 1960s. They had no voting rights and a legal system that was biased against them. Emmet Till was 14 years old when he was brutally murdered by two white men after Till wolf whistled at a white lady. Although testimonies from eyewitnesses identified them as the murderers, they were acquitted because they were white and Till black. There is no question in my mind that if Till was white, the killers would haveI been convicted. But since Emmet Till was black, his death considered inconsequential. During the 60s, the policies of segregation were beginning to give unravel. Black people were given the right to vote. Schools, neighborhoods,

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