African Americans And African American Race Essay

1790 Words Nov 30th, 2016 8 Pages
In a country masked with a history of slavery, systemic oppression and violence against the African-American race, one would envision immense progress after well over a century, but what is seen is immense stagnation and possibly decline. Among the numerous feats African-Americans had to overcome, procuring the right to vote can be seen as one of the most important. Since the end of the nineteenth century, state laws, local practice, bureaucratic intransigence, and sometimes intimidation and violence had prevented the overwhelming majority of blacks from voting in the South. In the 1960s, African-Americans faced monumental obstacles to voting, including poll taxes, literacy tests, harassment, and even economic reprisals when they tried to exercise their right to vote. The blinding power of “white-privilege” allowed the white-majority to see their actions against African-Americans as tolerable, constructing the minority and their issues as insignificant. This fashioned Blacks as invisible men and women, under the notion presented in Ralph Ellison’s, Invisible Man. Only violence opened the eyes of the government. In 1964, numerous demonstrations were held, which erupted violence and brought forth the attention to the voting rights issue. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Congress on Racial Equality worked together to comprise Freedom Summer, a 1964 voter registration project in Mississippi created to expand black voting in the South. Freedom Summer…

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