Essay about Racism in America

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Racism has taken on many forms in America over the past several hundred years. The most substantial or well known is the plight of the African American slaves and the injustices they suffered. Today, a new form of racism is developing; one that has always been around but has now entered the forefront of most Americans minds. This new racism is against members of the Middle Eastern culture and religion. The actions of September 11th did not create a new problem, they just shed light on a problem that we have had for some time. Racism is everywhere in one form or another. To understand it, I think it is necessary to look at the history, causes, and ways to resolve it. HISTORY Between 1450 and 1850, at least 12 million Africans…show more content…
Some 122 of the 314 slaves at Mount Vernon were freed; the others were Martha Washington’s and by law owned by her heirs. Washington left instructions for the care and education of his former slaves, including financial support for the young and pensions for the elderly. In 1865 on June 19, two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers land at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war has ended and that the slaves are free. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. After the Civil War, Congress authorized the creation of six segregated black regiments to serve in the peace-time army, under white officers. The Ninth and 10th cavalries and the 38th through 41st infantries were formed. The new cavalries were mainly stationed in the Southwest and the Great Plains, where it was their responsibility to build forts and maintain order on a frontier overrun by outlaws and occupied by Native Americans who were battling land-grabbing intruders. The black troops earned the nickname "Buffalo Soldiers" — as much for their ability in battle as for their dark skin — from the Cheyenne Indians. In 1866 Congress overrides President Andrew Johnson’s veto on April 9 and

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