Essay about The Civil Rights Movement Of America

1416 Words May 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race and distinguishing them as inferior or superior. Looking back at the history of America, one would notice racism along with discrimination and unfair treatment between African-Americans and whites. This imbalance caused a major movement that would eventually give way to the integrated nation we live in today. Through violent and nonviolent protest, determined leaders, and Supreme Court cases, equality and justice has been established for minorities that were once considered inferior. The Civil Rights Movement was an important factor in the shaping of America; it brought equality and justice to the minorities of America, most notably African-Americans.

From the beginning of their time in America, African-Americans were treated in an inhumane way; they were striped of their dignity and had to submerge their pride in order to please their wealthy, superior owners.. They were forced to work long, hard hours throughout the day with little to no benefits. “Blacks were punished by being beaten, whipped, or hung if they tried to escape or disobeyed their owners” (Boyd456). Even after the Emancipation Proclamation, blacks were segregated and treated as if they were only good enough for manual labor and service. Once slaves were declared free and gained their independence from their owners, segregation went into full effect. In the case of Plessy v. Ferguson, Jim Crow Laws…

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