Racism In America Essay

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In America, racism has been evident throughout the years in many different ways. We all see race differently, it all depends on social class, skin color, location, and gender. One of the earliest signs of racism in America would be slavery in the 1600s. Africans came to America against their will to be used as a source of cheap labor for white farmers and plantation owners. Enslaved blacks were forced to work in dreadful conditions. Blacks lived to serve the white man and had no rights. In this time period, people were given authority and power by the color of their skin. Sadly, some races are always going to be praised or hated. Racism in America is shown in many ways, one being hate groups and the use of hate crimes. The definition of racism …show more content…
In America, the majority of racists now lives in the area where slavery was most common, the South. Coincidentally, it also in the same area where the KKK was founded and currently is home to the majority of the remaining members. In present day America, hate groups still exist and participate in hate crimes against certain races. All these groups have had evidence of marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, publishing literature or criminal activities in the past year. The largest hate group in America in the year 2015 is Ku Klux Klan with 190 active groups, closely followed by Black Separatist with 180 active groups. All these examples are ways racism is present in America over the years. Even though there are examples of racism and white supremacy throughout American history, government continues to implement laws in an attempt to combat …show more content…
In America, the European settlers found a cheap source of hardworking labor in the Africans. The first slaves traveled from Africa and arrived at the first colony in America, Jamestown, Virginia. The first slaves came in a Dutch ship in a multitude of 20. The condition of these slave trading ships was inhumane and many slaves died making the journey to the New World. During the 17th and 18th century, slavery was practiced throughout America. Slavery took a toll on their home country, Africa, because the strongest and ablest men and women away from their family. There have been an estimated 6 to 7 million slaves imported to the New World during the 18th century alone. The black slaves mainly work on the rice, indigo and tobacco plantations, picking and sorting out products. Slaves in the south, made up one third of the population. Many ‘masters’ owned less than 50 slaves. Slave owners enabled their workers to receive an education, they were prohibited to learn how to read or write. Masters often completely depended on their workers. Slaves also had no legal basis when marrying, but they did marry and raise large families, which is often encouraged by the plantation owners or masters, but didn’t stop them from separating the families by sale or trade. Slave owners often took advantage of the women sexually, obedient and loyal servants were rewarded with a favor, and the rebellious and disobedient were punished with a

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