Post-Civil War: Racial Inequality In The United States

1356 Words 6 Pages
The Civil War should always be understood because it represents the struggle against white su-premacy. Although it granted the slaves freedom, its effects led to further racial violence against African Americans down the road. This makes for over three-hundred years of constant oppres-sion against people who withhold the black body. In this case, irony is used to show that even in the late 1900s, racism against black Americans still existed. Hence, it needs to be universally un-derstood that the post-Civil war still promoted white supremacy through sharecropping, segrega-tion, and the current social division between peoples in today’s society. After slavery was abolished, a sharecropping system was established shortly after. With this system, …show more content…
In the 1870s emerged the Jim Crow Laws. These laws negated every right granted to the free man after slav-ery. Jim Crow laws mainly established segregation between whites and blacks in most of Ameri-ca. Although African Americans were not getting whipped, they were still treated as if they sub-human. The whites controlled what schools they attended, what territory they were able to live on, bathrooms, parks and even controlled their use of water fountains. Because they were white, they felt that they were better than those of color. Thus, skin color was a dichotomy that allowed whites and blacks to be separated socially as well as physically. Ta-Nehisi describes how this sys-tem as a “terror that allowed them, for a century, to pilfer the vote; the segregationist policy that gave them their suburbs (p. 14)”. The main concept that we need to grasp here is that these appal-ling act of racism and violence damage the psychology of future black generations. Perhaps many people may say that we should move on from this, but according to Ta-Nehisi, his son is being informed of the trauma that his ancestors went through. History is what makes a nation what it is; it is highly significant for understanding the chronological effects of the present and future. For this, there needs to be a lecture, a study course or a guide of some sort that informs all peo-ples of this historical benchmark. The Civil War is …show more content…
There is still a social division between whites and blacks which is called a glass ceil-ing. The glass ceiling keeps the majority of working class colored people in a system where they cannot move up their economic class no matter what they do. This idea also leads to redlining, which is a term that depicts how white housing owner map out where each ethnic group will mortgage in order to stay under the control of the white man. Ta-Nehisi is blatantly describing how these are the continuing factors of the Civil War prove that racism will always separate blacks from whites. While Ta-Nehisi descriptively breaks down each criminal case against blacks through officers, he is also illustrating another instance of white supremacy. The majority of the cases involving black bodies being tormented shows that the white supremacy gives authorities the unconstitutional right to thwart the regulated laws of The US Constitution. The prohibition of racism is not an official law in the constitution, but even if it were it can never be erased. Most cases of racism derived from this canorous idea that whites believe they are the supreme race above all others. The prehistoric events that led up to the Civil War are just as significant for us to know as the war itself. That is because it shows that blacks were indeed

Related Documents