Discrimination between Races
Slavery in America
Once the slaves were sold to their new owners they were taken back to the owner's plantation. The slave had terrible living conditions and were treated brutally. The slave would wake up as soon as the sun rose until the sun went or later sometimes. They rarely got breaks and the food they were given was not enough to suffice their daily work ethics. The slaves lived in a house with their fellow slaves. If a slave was to show up late to work, did not do their job correctly, or anything else the master saw was unacceptable they were punished. Almost all of the time they would be whipped but there were other punishments just as severe. That is just the beginning of a slave's life.
It took 216 years for slavery to officially become illegal in the U.S. When slavery was coming to an end, it started controversy between the Northern and Southern states. This controversy started the rebellion of the Southern states and it also started the Civil War. Seven of the Southern states seceded, forming the Confederate States of America. The first state to secede was South Carolina. The states to follow were Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. These states and the rest of America had entered the Civil War. In the end, the North won after the South surrendered and rejoined the U.S.
Improving Race Relations
People have unfortunately carried the legacy of slavery into our everyday lives. It is important we never forget what happened in the early years of America, so the past never repeats itself. This does not mean we keep up the treatment between races. We must work together to end the cruel treatment between people of different races. People are too stubborn to change their harsh and cruel ways of treatment towards others. Many of these feelings towards people of different races can possibly come from being passed down from relatives from the Civil War era or just being passed down from relatives who have bitter views of others.
There are many ways to improve race relations in America today. One idea I have is to add a talk show on race cruelty and discrimination as a weekly program. I think this would help solve problems between races by making it easier to talk about. Most people just brush off the topic and say they know not to discriminate, but they still do. By having a talk show once a week and seeing others, like celebrities, talk about this topic might make it easier to discuss and solve. It might make it easier for parents to teach their children not to discriminate. By adding a simple talk show might solve on of the major problems in the U.S.