America is ... RACIST

America is ... Racist

Racism in America was evident during the time period shortly after the Civil War, known as the Civil Rights Movement. Black people, commonly known as African Americans, struggled to gain civil rights equal to those of white people. Black people and white people were segregated in many different areas such as housing, education, public and private facilities like trains, restaurants, and even restrooms. Another past act of American racism was Japanese-American Internment, which took place after Pearl Harbor.The Japanese were placed in camps similar to concentration camps with a little bit more freedom, ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Their only crime was being Japanese. This act of racial profiling is a common practice with law enforcement in America. The Movement Black Lives Matter arose because of the black people being unjustly killed in the south by officers. I thought that America had moved past these racial inequalities but there is proof in the 20th century that it continues.

Civil Rights Movement

Nearly 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans in Southern states still inhabited a starkly unequal world of disenfranchisement, segregation and various forms of oppression, including race-inspired violence. “Jim Crow” laws at the local and state levels barred them from classrooms and bathrooms, from theaters and train cars, from juries and legislatures. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the “separate but equal” doctrine that formed the basis for state-sanctioned discrimination, drawing national and international attention to African Americans’ plight. In the turbulent decade and a half that followed, civil rights activists used nonviolent protest and civil disobedience to bring about change, and the federal government made legislative headway with initiatives such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Japanese Internment

after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 ordering all Japanese-Americans to evacuate the West Coast. This resulted in the relocation of approximately 120,000 people, many of whom were American citizens, to one of 10 internment camps located across the country. Traditional family structure was upended within the camp, as American-born children were solely allowed to hold positions of authority. Some Japanese-American citizens of were allowed to return to the West Coast beginning in 1945, and the last camp closed in March 1946.

Black Lives Matter

The police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the brutal repression against the Ferguson protests that came in response, were sparks to ignite a fire of Black protest that at the time of writing still continues. The rebellion is the beginning of a reckoning with the decades-long racist backlash against the Black revolt of the 1960s. The US ruling class counterattack has involved an array of initiatives to roll back the gains of the era of civil rights and Black power, both materially and ideologically.
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My Goal

A representation of America's growth and set backs when it comes to racial equality


Work Cited

Civil Rights Movement: Staff. "Civil Rights Movement." A&E Television Networks, 01 Jan. 2009. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Japanese Internment: Staff. "Japanese American Internment." Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Black Lives Matter: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors Opal Tometi. "Black Lives Matter Freedom & Justice for All Black Lives." Black Lives Matter RSS2. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Bianca Nelson

Teacher: Mrs. Sandoval

Period 2