African American Essay

916 Words Apr 4th, 2009 4 Pages
African Americans
Michelle W Agwagu
AXIA College University of Phoenix

My name is Michelle Williams-Agwagu and my ethnicity group is African American. African Americans came here by forced immigration. They were not invited here to America, and they certainly did not come here by choice. They were forced and taken on ships that brought them to America just to become slaves to the white people. Upon arrival to America, African Americans were treated poorly. Many of them were torn apart from their family members and some were infants that had no knowledge of whom they were as they became older. The group faced many challenges such as prejudice, segregation, and racism. A set of codes were implemented that all African Americans had to
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Blacks, more than any other racial or ethnic group (with the possible exception of Native Americans), receive less credit. Through all the bad treatment that African Americans received from “white” Americans, they (AA) still participated in reverse discrimination. Reverse discrimination is still a problem here in the United States because it is racism; and racism is racism, no matter how we try to spin it. “Society classes an African American discriminating against a Caucasian as "reverse" discrimination because for most of American history, it was the African Americans who were persecuted for something that they could not control - their ethnicity.” (Libra, n.d.) African Americans have also been affected by the glass ceilings form of discrimination, and that is still an ongoing problem also. “The "glass ceiling" refers to the barriers that often confront Ethnic Americans and women in trying to reach the upper ladders of corporate America. African Americans do not earn the same pay for comparable positions” (The Glass Ceiling for African, Hispanic (Latino), and Asian Americans, 2008.) as that of their white counterparts in the same job. Environmental justice issues have plagued African Americans in the past and continue to do so today. In the past century, factories emitting toxic fumes and hazardous waste were positioned near

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