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Persuasive Essay On Racism

1437 words - 6 pages

Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, there is always somebody different. The American society focuses on differences and not similarities of other people.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 won't they tell you the time, or spare you some change? Because you are black. Actually, because your skin is a different color, or because you are a different kind of religion. In a way I admire them because they've survived for hundreds of years until they were free, and now that they're free, the modern white man harasses them and beats them. I mean, they even had a world wide organization named for them. The KKK has been around for a while. The KKK, or Ku Klux Klan, began because of their intense hatred of black and Jewish people. Valerie Joseph, author of " A Monument To Racism," writes that in front of Danny Carver's house, a KKK leader, in Flowery Branch, Georgia, were 8 or more signs, that read: "A brain is a terrible thing to waste, that's why niggers don't have one." Another sign read; "NAACP" or "Niggers, Alligators, Apes, Coons, and Possums." Or insisting that blacks don't have brains and that they should be treated like animals. There was also a figure in the front yard that had 4 young black men sitting on it with 2 KKK hooded members by them. To top it off, Carver's 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 figures in the middle of the night." She also said that " you can help stop this, all you have to do is try to accept people different than you as you do anyone else. If you can't, you don't have to express it, keep it to yourself. If you hear somebody saying something about somebody else, all you have to say is, 'listen, they're just as equal as you are. If you do, pretty soon they'll quit."Many years ago, the states had to force businesses and schools to allow blacks in. For example, one of the establishments was the Brown V. Board of Education. Many 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?Many years ago, there was a segregation where blacks and whites were separated in everyday life. They had different water fountains, restrooms, and even different lines at the movie theaters. Blacks also had to sit in the back of the bus while whites had top picks on seats and standing when a white person wanted your seat. Then, segregation was finally abolished. "As blacks acquired middle-class status, just like...

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