Essay On Racial Equality

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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 …show more content…
Jim Crow Laws were state and local laws enforcing racial segregation in the Southern United States. The idea of separate but equal really comes in play with these. This was legalized because of the Plessy v. Ferguson case, or at least allowed it to be. These laws couldn’t be further from equal even though they were supposed to be separate but equal. Public places like busses, bathrooms, and restaurants were segregated, and said to be equal, but in reality the non-white areas weren’t ever as nice, or treated as good as the white areas. This was a major setback to reaching racial …show more content…
Of course if Emmett Till had been white, he wouldn’t have been murdered just for whistling at a white lady. The Emmett Till case was in no way a good thing, but it sparked the civil rights movement because he got people 's attention and even inspired young people to do something like the Little Rock Nine going to a white school. The whole situation is so unfair because it wouldn’t have happened if he was white. The media covered the entire case and most people chose the side of the murderers, but it still brought attention to how bad racism actually is. His death also inspired people to stand up for their rights. It started a major civil rights movement. But of course this also failed for the quest of racial equality because after fighting for the case for so long, the murderers never had

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