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Evolving Ism Essay

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Martin Luther King once believed all people should be equal. Throughout different time periods Americans have had many different stages of biased ideas and or opinions towards other races. The idea of a race being superior towards another race has affected the United states in many different ways today. Racism has led us toward equal rights and equality among all races.

In the 1860’s there were about 4,441,830 African American living the the United States. Many were living in the southern states of the United States. During this time period, there were many white men who owned an African American, as a slave. Slavery was caused because of the white men believing that they were superior towards other races, especially the African people. About 3,953,760 were slaves, and only about 488,070 African Americans were free. “In nothing was slavery so savage and relentless as in its attempted destruction of the family instincts of the Negro ...view middle of the document...

Though some African Americans were living in the south, there were also a small amount of African Americans living in the north of the United States.

African Americans living in the north had more freedom than in the south, but they still faced discrimination. They were able to work, but they worked enough to feed themselves and family, they were not able to succeed. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” (Martin Luther King). Many people are sometimes to afraid of what might happen if they fight racism, that they never fight it and in the end, they are never able to find out. Rosa Parks was one of the many people who became tired of the racism the United States had. “I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free” (Rosa Parks). Rosa Parks was one of the many people who fought racism, which would eventually make our country a better place to live.

African Americans and everybody living in the United State are now equal. Today African Americans are now able to succeed, this is something they were not able to do because of racism. We all now able to go to the same schools, we are able to succeed. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” (Martin Luther King). Martin Luther invisioned the United States being a country with many different races, because of this it has become a great and powerful country. We have had many African inventors and great thinker from different races. “We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers” (Martin Luther King). Though today we may not act like brother we are all able to equally succeed.

Racism has led us towards equal rights and equality among all races. Though we as Americans have had a dark path of racism towards each other, we have learned from our mistakes. Today we all are able to share ideas no matter our skin color, and we no longer discriminate. The idea of a race being superior is now gone, this will only give us a better living and improve the future in the United States.

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