Racial Prejudice Against African Americans Essay

1398 Words Jan 25th, 2016 6 Pages
“Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole” (Coates). Racism has been around for a long time, paying little heed to what improvements have been made with many barriers, yet to be taken away before complete equity is achieved. The fact that prejudice has been prevalent for so long makes it challenging for younger generations to break the pattern of their ancestors, and give minorities a chance for equality in all aspects of the law. Although you could argue that many anti-racism advancements have been made, the laws formed in the 1930’s, discriminating against blacks, continue to impact their everyday housing, education and jobs, and police interaction.
Racial prejudice against African Americans is affecting the quality of where they live because whites are apprehensive of the future that comes if blacks and whites are merged. For example, when the US Supreme Court vetoed the proposal to make segregated neighborhoods, “...real estate agents wrote ‘codes of ethics’ that included bans on selling homes to African-Americans outside of black areas” (Hannah-Jones). Real estate agents were uneasy about the thought of blacks living in the same neighborhoods as whites because they would make less money on the houses they sell around them. One family commented on a black man who moved into their neighborhood…

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