All About Race Relations
Written by Corinne Duffy
The History of Slavery
Africans that had been traded were treated poorly from the start. The ships that brought slaves to America were always packed. The men on the ship fit as many people into the bottom of the ship as they possibly could. Slaves would often die from lack of food and water. It was also easy for disease to spread because of how close everyone was. When slaves finally did get to America they weren't treated any better. Families were often separated never to see each other again. Most were sold to plantation owners who made them work in the fields. They worked from sun up until sun down with little or no breaks. If they did something wrong, they were whipped. Some owners even whipped their slaves for fun. Overall a slaves life was horrible.
After many long years, slavery was abolished in America. In 1865, the 13th amendment was added to the Constitution. It stated that slavery was no longer legal. The 16th president Abraham Lincoln started the Emancipation Proclamation which helped lead to the end of slavery. Also the Civil War was fought between the North and South parts of America because the North did not want slavery, but the South needed slaves to work on their plantations. The anti-slavery Northerners won and the South came back to America. Slavery was over in America, but that did not mean that African Americans would be treated correctly.
Race Relation in America Today
The fact that the slavery of African Americans was once legal contributes to these racial tensions. Directly after slavery was abolished African Americans still were not treated the same. For many years whites and those who were colored were separated everywhere. There were different drinking fountains, restrooms, and many other places. When people started to take a stand against discrimination, things changed, but not a lot. Yes, the colored were able to drink at the same fountains and sit wherever they want on the bus, but people still had the same mindset. Caucasians still viewed themselves as better than African Americans. There are still people that are like that today.
I think that a good way to improve race relations in America would be to start a YouTube channel called We Fight For What's Right. The channel would start off with a main video about how prevalent racism is in America. Then there would be videos posted every other Friday. They could be discussions about race relations, or videos that try to encourage people to be more accepting. There could even be challenges done with people of different races. Links to the channel could also be put out on social media in order to encourage people to watch the videos. If enough work is put into the channel, it could really make an impact.