The Struggle of Equality for Blacks in the 21st Century
On December 29, 2004, Richard Blakey was applying for a job interview at the very prestigious Public Relations firm, Ketchum, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He was the only black man applying for the job. Little did he know that he had no chance of getting the job no matter how qualified he was for the position because he was a black man and his counterparts were white. He went into the interview and gave it everything that he had. The executive director told him that his skills were extraordinary and he was very impressed. Richard left Ketchum with a smile on his face knowing that he made an impression and will be getting a call in about a week. Three weeks passed and Richard finally
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Black people had to “fight” for their right to equality. The struggle started back in the 1950’s when a baptist preacher, by the name of, Dr. Martin Luther King became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He believed that peaceful protest was the way forward and he was absolutely right. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ensured black people the right to vote, equal protection under the law, desegregation without regard to race, and the right not to be discriminated against in public places or jobs. Affirmative Action laws were passed to make up for past inequalities and to ensure that African Americans would be included in appropriate proportions to many businesses and schools. Soon white opposition gave way to a new, more tolerant attitude, one in which racism and prejudice were disdained by society. It’s 2005. As a nation, we’ve witnessed countless racist atrocities over the years. Slaves were separated from their families and beaten for resisting their masters. Mobs of rioting white people ran through black neighborhoods and indiscriminately killed innocent people. Men in white hooded robes strung up and gutted other men for nothing more than having black skin. But then in the 1960’s, the Civil Rights movement gave black people the same rights as white people had. Now it’s a new millennium, and racism is a thing of the past. Now, we’re all one big happy family in this melting pot called America. Right?
Do you think racism is gone? Granted, it