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Terrorism On African Americans In America

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The terrorization of African Americans in America did not began when the FBI created the counterintelligence program Cointel Pro, people of African descent have been terrorized in the United States since their unwilling arrival to the country in the 17th century. Slavery in America directly depended on the agricultural work of African slaves. Africans were dehumanized and treated no better than cattle in the fields. They were unable to learn how to read and write and had no legal rights whatsoever. The 1857 Supreme Court case of Dred Scott v. Sanford denied citizenship and basic rights to all blacks- free or enslaved. White Americans robbed Africans of their cultures, religions, customs, and humanity in order to keep the Africans under total control. By the late 1700s, the agricultural labor demanded by slavery had been transformed into a racial caste system. The modern day socially constructed concept of race was created to make African Americans believe that they were inferior to the white race. This sense of white inferiority rationalized the enslavement of Africans. African women, men, and children were often raped, beaten, lynched, and even at times put to death to show the power and dominance the white master had over the slave. These violent acts were meant to frighten the African slave to often teach the other slaves a lesson of power and control and to let them know that if you disobey the master, this can happen to you also. Slavery eventually ended in 1963 with the Emancipation Proclamation, but it wasn’t fully abolished until 1965 with the 13th Amendment being passed in the US Constitution.
The freeing of the slaves constituted freedom de jure, but de facto slavery came into full effect in 1865-1866, when white southerners enacted black codes which were designed to restrict freed blacks’ activity and ensure their availability as a labor force now that slavery had been abolished. Blacks had to sign a labor contract every year and if they did not have a job, they were arrested and forced to do agricultural labor without pay. These codes were eventually overturned, and for a brief period, blacks were advancing in America; this era is known as the Reconstruction Era. Not long after that, Jim Crow laws were created after the landmark United States Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. This decision upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation under the “separate but equal” doctrine. During this era thousands of African Americans were also lynched. Lynching is the killing of a person by a mob. Often, people were hung, but lynching can also be murder by shooting or burning to death. Public records of lynching in the United States shows that lynching steadily increased during this time, with the first peak beginning in 1892. Lynching during slavery was rare because it would result in a loss of property. Lynching was “justified” by white men trying to protect their women from black brutes, although women and children...

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