Black Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, there is always somebody different. The American society focuses on that person, or group of people. They made them feel worthless and they treated them like animals. Imagine walking down the street and having people stare at you or call you names, or talk behind your back. Imagine not knowing the time because nobody will tell you.
Why wont they tell you the time, or spare you some change? Because you are black. Actually, because your skin is a different color, your because youre a different kind of religion. In a way I admire them because theyve survived for hundreds of years until they were free, and now that theyre free, the modern white men harasses them and beats them. I mean, they even had a world wide organization named for them. The KKK has been around for awhile. The KKK or the Ku Klux Klan, was started to get rid of blacks and Jewish people.
The author of A Monument to Racism writes in her article that she was in Flowery Branch, Georgia, and in front of Danny Carvers house, hes a KKK leader, was 8 or more signs, and on these signs read: A brain is a terrible thing to waste, thats why niggers dont have one. (Glamour 110). Another sign said NAACP or Niggers, Alligators, Apes, Coons, and Possums. Or insisting that blacks dont have brains and that they should be treated like animals. Theres a figurine in front of the yard that had 4 young black men sitting on it with 2 KKK hooded members by them. To top it off, Carvers lawn was on the Atlantic highway, the main way through the capital.
I strongly agree with Valerie Joseph when she says that she wanted to believe that people actually cared, she wanted to believe that there were lawyers, activists, parents, church groups of all races that were bombarding this man with phone calls and letters. She hoped that maybe teenagers would plan to smash the figurines in the middle of the night. (Joseph 110). You can help stop this, all you have to do is try to accept black people as you do anyone else. If you cant, you dont have to express it, keep it to yourself.
If you hear somebody saying something about somebody else, all you have to do is say listen, there just as equal as you are. If you do it, pretty soon theyll quit. I was in a situation one time at a bus station and was wearing baggy pants and a shirt, I also had my beeper on. I came into the bus station off the bus and I sat down. I heard footsteps coming closer to me and I thought I smelled alcohol. When I turned around there was a man standing there, I said is there something I can do for you? He turned to me and got right up in my face and said why do you wear such baggy pants? I said their comfortable, and Why do you wear such tight pants? You know the old saying: Dont EVER mess with a drunk person? Well, I didnt take that to heart at that point, and the man said What are you, some kinda nigger? I wanted to say are there different kinds? Then the man started taking off his gloves, he said If you were a nigger, Id hit you! I didnt really care if he did because hed be the only one paying for it.
Actually, Id probably be in the hospital because that guy looked like he could pack a punch. Then the next day I seen him talking to a BIG black man, just conversing, no racism in his voice. It just goes to show you how hypocritical people can be when theyre racist, but not to black peoples faces. Many years ago the states had to force business and schools to allow blacks in. For example, the Brown V.
Board of Education, or years before federal troops forced Little Rock Central high School to admit black students. The question I ask is why would they want to be there if the government had to force the school system to let them in? Also, many years ago, there was a segregation. Im sure all of you know what that was. It was simply when blacks and whites were separated in everyday life. They had different water fountains, restrooms, different lines at plays and movies, and blacks also had to sit in the back of the bus while whites had top picks on seats even if it meant standing when a white person took your seat.
Then, segregation finally was abolished. As blacks acquired middle-class status, just like whites before them, they moved out of central cities, and the sustaining buffers between lower-class blacks and the surrounding white role models, etc.- were largely removed. (USA TODAY 55) I was looking through Time magazine and I found an article that was titled Evict thy Neighbor. It was about a couple that had been getting harassed by their neighbors, they sued for $10 million in damages. Instead, U.S. District Court judge Ann Williams authorized a settlement agreement, that will be that the harassers will have to leave their home within 180 days.
So, there are all these people doing this, but yet they know they could go to jail. We ask our selves, why do people do this? Well, it all started with slaves. The African-Americans came to the United States hundreds and hundreds of years ago from Africa. Most of the slaves came from Ethiopia, Zaire, Somalia, and Nigeria. They came across the Atlantic Ocean with some of the first settlers.
They were then sold at slave trades and auctioned off. But, back to the modern day, blacks would think that theyd have some sort of protection or sense of safety with police officers, but then back to the Rodney King trial in 1993 when police pulled over a drunken black man that they said was swerving over the road. When the man, Rodney King, got out of his car, more than 3 police officers approached him and beat him almost to death. The whole thing was caught on tape with one of the police cars dash mounted cameras. the four identified police officers were put on trial, when the verdict came that they were found not guilty, the L.A. Riots started almost immediately.
People were beating others, looting stores, and blacks were shooting and beating white police officers. Some think that there wouldve been the L.A. riots all over again if the jury wouldve found O.J. Simpson guilty last year. As I said before, there is something you can do.
You might not be able to stop riots, but youll probably make a persons day better. You might know of Texaco, Its a large chain of gas stations throughout the United States. Several employees have been called porch monkeys and orangutans. Texaco pled guilty because an employee walked in on a faculty meeting and heard white employees copying the way African Americans talk. All the white employees were also getting promoted to a higher rank when they were doing nothing, when black employees were working hard and getting theyre checks reduced. The settlement at Texaco was $115 million in cash to about 1,400 current and former black workers who served.
$26.1 million in pay raise over five years for black employees. $35 million for a task force to set up diversity training programs, and an independent panel to oversee Texacos employment practices. Another suit was filed against Avis for refusing to serve blacks in North and South Carolina. By now it should be apparent to everyone that bigotry still flourishes in many parts of America. Also, rappers, who we all know are mostly black, are harassed and put down daily, because of what they sing about. nobody criticizes country singers who sing about the same thing over and over, or the love songs that sing about the same thing.
It shouldnt matter what color they are or what they look like, its the music they sing. Every parent thinks that rap is bad, because it has a few swears, but not if you get the edited version. Everyone thinks that rappers commit crimes. Blacks make up 12 percent of the population, 44 percent of arrests made are blacks being arrested for violent crimes (US News 93). A black man can not even get a cab for 3 hours because cabbies are afraid to drive through the ghetto. What is the ghetto? A place where homeless and low income black and white people live and hang out.
If you just think before you talk you can make a difference, if you put yourself in all these situations Ive just mentioned, you would want to make a difference. Sociology.