Essay about America 's Failing For Racial Equality

1700 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
America has been struggling for racial equality for many years, even today we struggle. Throughout history there has been lots of evidence of America’s failing for racial equality. Today it is better than it used to be, but there are still lasting effects from the struggles before. America has failed in its quest for racial equality by denying the rights of African-Americans throughout history, and not treating them equally. Starting from the beginning, the first piece of evidence would be the failure of Reconstruction Amendments. Reconstruction Amendments were supposed to be a constitutional basis for equality for all men. They were also supposed to give a lot more rights to more people, remove slavery, give citizenship rights, and also give the right to vote to former slaves. These amendments failed to provide these acts for African-Americans, because the states ignored them, because the issue wasn’t as big as to enforce it at a federal level. Other things had prevented African-Americans to vote as well such as, the KKK and literacy tests. These laws were never enforced, and equality to African-Americans continued to be a problem. This contributed to the fail of racial equality because it showed that reaching equality wasn’t a priority. Another example is a court case, Plessy v. Ferguson. Plessy v. Ferguson was a U.S. Supreme Court case from 1896 that upheld the rights of states to pass laws allowing or even requiring racial segregation in public and private…

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