The other day I posted an article I had written on Slavery (see below) I was inspired by it after watching the award winning movie 12 Years A Slave.
So let me just go over some histrionics at this point: When the United States of America was founded in the 1700s, slaves from Africa were used to work the land. In 1804 most of the Northern states of America banned slavery and wished the Southern states to do the same. However, the Southern states believed that slavery was right and part of their life; it was something they did not want to give up. The Southern states tried to leave America and the American Civil War began. President Abraham Lincoln led the North to victory over the South and in 1865 slavery was banned throughout the whole country.
So one might be forgiven for thinking that blacks could now live, work and be treated equally as whites? Not so, there was still much racism and African Americans were not treated fairly. There were many laws that kept them working in hard jobs for little money, and laws that prevented them from marrying European Americans. Slavery had ended, but segregation had not. Black Americans in the south, and in some places in the north, were not allowed to attend the same schools as white Americans, but had to attend black-only schools.
It was not until the 1950s and 1960s that things began to change. A man named Martin Luther King, Jr. began to rally for equal rights for blacks. He led many African Americans on marches to protest the way they were treated. He was killed in 1968, but four years earlier he convinced the government to allow black Americans to vote in the presidential elections. In the law case Brown v. Board of Education, the government went on to force integration in high schools throughout the United States, making it illegal to have white-only schools. For a while, armed police officers had to escort black students into formerly white-only schools, and it took many years for the schooling system to change. It took many more decades to get rid of all the racist laws
I remember having the singer Patula Clark on my radio show when she shocked me by telling me her story of appearing on televisionwith black singer Harry Belafonte.
America should never forget those short few years ago. We should NEVER forget:
How things thankfully have changed. Americas has it’s first black president , unimaginable back in the 50’s/60’s. African Americans now have all the same rights as European Americans and other Americans, but there is still some racism in the United States of America as there is in every country.
Please don’t think for one moment this is in any way is an anti American post, far from it. Many of you will know I’m very pro American, of course they have their faults, what country doesn’t? What I’ve written is a part of history that should never be forgotten, as I said, America has learnt a lot from their past, they have improved the way of life for the African American beyond recognition, yes, there are areas still to be improved but the same could be said for most countries. A Black American President who would ever have believed it???