Race Relations in America
Why are some Americans not accepting of other races?
Slavery in America
Slave Treatment In America
Slaves in America were treated very poorly. Slaves were considered property, and could be disciplined at the master's will. Slaves could be punished for the slightest of mistakes. Slaves could even be disciplined for doing nothing wrong at all. A typical day of a slave would mean waking up early and going to bed late. They often received just enough food to get by. They were not allowed to go to school but some churches had special sections where slaves could sit. Slaves were allowed to marry and have children in order to keep their morale up. If a slave was caught running away, they would most likely be returned to their masters and killed. Sometimes, however, slaves may be rescued by northerners or abolitionists that hated slavery.
The End Of Slavery In America
It took until 1865 for America to end slavery. Slavery was abolished by the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This was because of the Republican Party and Lincoln's views on slavery. This was also because of the Civil War. The war started as a result of southern states leaving the Union and Lincoln wanting to preserve it. The war later turned into a fight to end slavery after Lincoln issued his emancipation proclamation. The south believed that if they lost their slaves, they would lose their money and their way of life.
Plan to improve American race relations
Why Do Tensions Still Exist?
There are many reasons that tensions still exist even 150 years after slavery was abolished in the US. One reason is that over many generations, children have been taught that African-Americans are inferior to whites. These children usually carry this idea with them all the way to adulthood. They then teach their children the same ideas, and the process continues. Another reason is that people may feel uncomfortable with people that don't look alike. These people may then teach their children that anyone not alike is bad and should be stayed away from.
A Solution To Improve Race Relations
My solution to improve race relations is to start a public broadcast TV show. The show will be a series of short films broadcast at one every week. They will portray different situations of race relations. These can be things such as encountering racist people or stereotypes. The show can be focused at both children and adults.