Racial Segregation And The Civil War Essay

1104 Words Feb 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Beginning with slavery and the Civil War in the 19th century, racial divides have put major dents in the progression of the United States, and have affected the lives of millions of African Americans. Two imperative figures in the African American communities shared their views on racial divides and tensions over the span of six decades. In 2008, Barack Obama spoke about the controversial statements made by Reverend Wright in his speech, “A More Perfect Union.” Years prior, Maya Angelou expanded on her experience with racial segregation in her excerpt, “Graduation.” Both African American, the two have experienced racial tensions first hand. Through the use of allusions, figurative language, and anecdotes, Obama’s ideas on racial segregation between White and African Americans, align directly with the views of Maya Angelou, while Angelou 's ideas on racial unity and prosperity oppose Obama 's views on the unity and progress of the nation.
Although they lived decades apart, Obama and Angelou share feelings on education barriers between races. The two use anecdotes in order to characterize their personal experiences with the education gap in America. Obama alludes that, “Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools; we still haven 't fixed them, fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today 's black and white students” (654). Brown v. Board of Education in…

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