Racism speaking on behalf of the African Americans

Racism
was formed out of fear most people will now admit that race is a social
construct without any scientific bearing. But I believe that very few
acknowledge that early Americans, invented this social construct in the
Seventeenth Century. I define racism as a system of Advantage based on race, when
I use the phrase “racism”, I am speaking of the systemic oppression of people of
any color that empowers white supremacy and I am speaking on behalf of the African
Americans because that’s what I am. Racism  is a system structured around oppressing a
culture because of their race. I am using these terms in their sociological and
historical contexts. During the era of slavery in the United States,
the education of African Americans, enslaved and free, was often discouraged. As
early as the 1700s slaves were receiving Bible stories from the slave owners.
Enslaved writer Phillis Wheatley was taught in the home of her master. She
ended up using her skills to impact others. Not everyone was lucky enough to
have the opportunities Wheatley had. Many slaves did learn to read through
church service, but only those whose owners allowed them to attend the services
.Even when taught the slave owners would often rip out  Exodus (A book of the Bible), because Exodus
contain the story of Moses freeing them out of Egypt. The
slave owners did not encourage slaves to learn to read or write. Slave owners
saw writing as something that only educated white men should know. African-American
preachers would often attempt to teach some of the slaves to read in secret,
but there were very few opportunities, so they taught through spirituals,
stories, and other forms of oral literacy.

                        Let
me fast forward a little, the laws of many states decreed that blacks and
whites could not use the same public facilities, ride the same buses, attend
the same schools, etc. These laws came to be known as Jim Crow laws. Although
many people felt that these laws were unjust, it was not until the 1890s that
they were directly challenged in court. Many people continued to press for the
abolition of Jim Crow and other racially discriminatory laws. One particular
organization that my mom is a part of fought for racial equality, this organization
was called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) . Beginning in the 1930s, though, the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education
Fund began to turn to the courts to try to make progress in overcoming legally discrimination.
The Brown v. Board of Education is a more know case this was actually the name
given because there were five separate cases that were heard by the U.S.
Supreme Court, concerning the issue of segregation in public schools. Even
though all five cases were different they all tackled the same issue. Segregation
in public school.  Although there has
been struggles with colored people and them being able to receive education
like everyone else that was non-colored, fast forwarder to 1960 the first major
achievement that would change America forever. Ruby Bridges was the first African
American to desegregate school, because she had passed a test that was designed
for colored people to fail. From 1960 to 2018 there have been problems within
the school system dealing with punishment for the students, the mindset of
everyone, and the academic achievement gap.

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