Essay on Racism During The Civil Rights Movement

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Merriam-Webster dictionary defines racism as “a belief that race is the primary

determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent

superiority of a particular race” (Racism). The United States is no stranger to racism as it had

suffered from it for well over four hundred years. The stimulant that started the chaos of racism

was slavery in which there were injustice and segregation of the blacks in the community even

after the Civil Rights Movement. Racism is still occurring in the United States to this day despite

all the disarray that was meant to fix it.

The first occurrence of slavery in North America transpired in 1619, when the first

African slaves were brought to help in the production of plantation crops. Slaves were prominent

during the 17th and 18th centuries in which they played a crucial role in the development of the

new nation. With the invention of the cotton gin, their role in society became even more

prominent. Instead of aiding in the production of tobacco, slaves were now assigned to an

excruciating work, picking cotton. Slaves now played a vital role in society and made up about a

third of the population in the South, which one would think resulted in them having more power,

but they weren 't even considered as a whole person, rather three-fifths. Black slaves were

completely depended on their masters, as the masters had intended them to. Slaves were banned

from reading and writing, had…

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