Being Treated As A Second Class Citizen Essay

797 Words May 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Imagine being treated as a second class citizen because of factors outside of your control. You are humiliated because your skin is darker, society tells you that you lack all of the positive qualities of being a human being, and you are forced to live in constant fear of being prosecuted for actions you didn’t commit. This is what your life would have been like if you were an African American living in America before civil rights. Prior to civil rights American society was based upon a caste system. Your race completed determined your place within society, in the South African Americans faced social, politically, economic, and educational obstacles. Many Americans don’t know the history of these events because they’re not properly taught in school. According to the American Civil Rights Union, “most of us never personally experienced one of the ugliest and most shameful chapters in American history”. It’s up to us to talk about this because we can’t erase this part of history. According to civil rights activist Rosa Parks, “racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and hopefully overcome”. In 1863 all of the slaves were freed, but they still faced segregation challenges such as Jim Crow laws. Jim Crow laws were laws that enforced racial segregation between Whites and African Americans between 1877 and 1965. According to the American Civil Rights Union, “Jim Crow was an entire way of life dedicated to asserting and…

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