Racism In America

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Many people believe that racism in America is an issue of the past. Slavery has been abolished, segregation is no longer prevalent, and the last president of the United States was African American. While these facts prove that the U.S. has come a long way since the development of Jim Crow Laws and the ⅗ Compromise, racism has still not been defeated. In the past, America’s political system made it possible for racism and slavery to thrive. Today, America does not allow for segregation or discrimination, politically speaking. Socially speaking, however, racism can be found everywhere. While it is evident that drastic change has occurred in the American society over the last century, based on recent events and trends, as well as those of…show more content…
More recently, in 2015 a man named Dylann Roof shot and killed nine African Americans in a church, because of his white supremacist anti-black views. These are just two examples of racism leading to the murder of innocent people.
Segregation was a huge problem that African Americans faced in the past. There are two different types of segregation, De jure and De facto. De jure segregation is segregation that was mandated by law, such as the Jim Crow laws, which called for “separate but equal” segregation in public facilities. De facto segregation is segregation that was practiced by people but not mandated by law, like the refusal to sell housing in white neighborhoods to black families. These types of segregation are in the past, but these days there is a noticeable pattern in where whites and blacks choose to live, and how a large majority of one race tends to stay in specific areas that are separate from that of another.
The amount of effort spent, as well as laws and acts passed during the fight for equality is astonishing. The Civil War of 1861-1865 was fought over the issue of slavery. People like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X devoted their lives to solving the issue to discrimination and inequality. The 1954 Brown vs Board case outlawed segregation in schools. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination. The 1965 Voting

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