Racial Violence In The Scottsboro Boys

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I have recently learned about and observed the unfair prejudices and racial violence many Americans faced in the past. Through the 1900s African Americans were judged harshly for having a darker skin color. Although slavery had been abolished in 1865, African Americans were still treated like slaves, and were not able to move up the social ladder. They were often given jobs in dangerous conditions, and had to work long, hard hours for very little pay. In many cases African Americans were brutally murdered, lynched, and wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes they never committed, just because they had looked at someone wrong, or been in the wrong place at the wrong time. What was happening during this time period was awful, and racial violence was a …show more content…
Racial violence and prejudice can be seen when looking at the Scottsboro Boys case, the murder of Emmett Till, the wrongful conviction of Tom Robinson, and a letter written by Eleanor Roosevelt addressing the issues of lynching. In the Scottsboro Boys case, nine boys were convicted of a crime they did …show more content…
All suffered racial violence, costing them their lives, and their peace of mind. Thousands of African Americans who lived during this time of unfair prejudice have this awful thing in common. People were murdered and beaten because of the color of their skin and the ideas of the past. The African Americans who constantly lived in fear of doing something wrong can not be remunerated for the things that were done to them. There is no way to make up for what happened, and there is nothing anyone can do to reverse time and save the thousands of lives lost. The best thing one can do to try to make the past more distant is to accept everyone with open arms, not judge a person before getting to know them, and taking a look at life in their shoes, to eliminate

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