Racial Injustice

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Racial Injustice

Racial Injustice

The issue of racial equality still emerges in society today, despite numerous efforts in civil rights and the advancement of minorities.

Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed all slaves, however it did not create equality for African - Americans. They still struggled finding jobs or plots of land to live on. Many blacks worked for little to no pay in order to provide for their families.

The Declaration of Independence states, "All men are created equal," but certainly in the mid-eighteenth century they were not. During this time slaves were common and African - Americans were thought to be below the white settlers.

Spanning from 1876 to 1965, the Jim Crow Laws in the South created a separation between white citizens and black. The laws ordered segregation of public schools, public restrooms, drinking fountains, transportation, almost anything you could think of.

From 1955 through 1968, the goal of the civil rights movement was to end racial segregation and discrimination against black African - Americans. Many campaigns of civil resistance were used, such as marches and sit-ins. The civil rights movement led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

Recently, there has been injustice with the murder case of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman shot and killed the unarmed, seventeen year old Martin. A main issue in the case was over race, did Martin deserved to be killed because of the way he looked? Zimmerman pleaded not-guilty to a second degree murder charge.







African - Americans over time

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Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins

1963 March on Washington


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