What to Do with Race Relations

Written By: Thomas Pirnat

Race Relations. Is it unfix-able, are we not able to work around it? I think not. Some people are good. They treat African-Americans as they treat Caucasians, but millions of people are racist. These people treat African-Americans like trash. This is a problem, and it almost seems unfix-able. Almost. If every parent were to teach their kids to like, respect, and socialize with African-Americans, America can become a better place for everyone.

This problem is a problem today. But why is it a problem, where did it start. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the triangular trade. This trade was a simple, straight-forward concept. America was a new country, so it needed people to work it's plantations so it could make profit. What would happen is America would grow crops (mostly cotton) and sell it to Europe. From their, Europe would manufacture different goods and export them to Africa. Africa would then send slaves to America in slave ships (ships with the "cargo" being tens to hundreds of slaves). From their the process repeats.

Once slaves were delivered to America, things took a turn for the worse. As slaves were delivered, they were auctioned off to the highest bidder. They were given a new name, and taken to the plantation. There, they spent their days picking cotton. Now, that may not seem like a bad job, you go outside, pick a bunch of cotton, put it in a basket, and your done! No, it was not like that at all. First off, the working ours. From early in the morning (5 or 6 o'clock) to as early as 8 o'clock. Not only that, but if you didn't arrive on time, didn't pick enough cotton, or talked back to your owner, you were whipped in the back. Commonly known as "lashings", after you've received your lashings, you were left with painful marks that left you unable to, comfortably, lay down on your back. Food wasn't great either. Some plantations would give them a decent meal, but most plantations left a couple pieces of stale bread and a bit of water. Now, if you were lucky, you could do well and get rewarded. From better food to special provisions, it was best to do as you were told.

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Slavery lasted for a long time. Highly favored in the south, it stuck in America from the late 16th century up until 1865, nearly 200 years later. Northerners didn't like slavery as much as the Southerners did, and this petty argument soon led to the Civil War. The Civil War was declared the bloodiest war in U.S. history with the highest American causality rate ever. Now, there is a reason behind this statement as we as Americans were not battling the Germans or Japanese, but rather, we were fighting our fellow Americans. This war was between the Union and the Confederate. The Union wanted slaves to be free, but the Confederate was unhappy about this. The first state to succeed from the Union was South Carolina. Soon after, more and more states succeeded from the Union nearly dividing the America in half. A war broke out at the battle of Fort Sumter. Nearly four years later, the war concluded with General Lee (Confederate) surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant. When this major event took place, slaves were finally free. After years of backbreaking slavery, they were free.

The African-Americans were free, but many Americans didn't like them. They didn't allow the former slaves to use their bathrooms, drinking fountains, or even set one foot into their shop, tavern, or restaurant. Life was hard for them, but Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X worked towards a better country were the phrase "all men are created equal" meant something. Through boycotts, speeches, and other forms of protests, these leaders brought America to where it is today. Although we have gotten better, a majority of Americans still are racist towards the African-Americans. Most hatred towards them is from people thinking about the past, and the influence children get from their parents and people around them. While kids are still impressionable, at the young ages ranging from two to four years old, we should create a kids television show teaching them about making friends, not enemies. About treating people the way you would want to be treated. But most importantly, to see others as equals.

This show would be called "America's Dream". It would have one white male, one white female, one African-American male, and one African-American female. These characters would dress in colorful but casual clothing and would talk about different things relating to growing into a nice person, to treat others nicely and as equals, rather then different people.

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In conclusion, America has gotten better, but is far from perfect. People still don't understand that no matter what color your skin is, what shape your face is, or where you came from, they are still people, and you need to treat these people just as you treat your parents, your siblings, your closest friends, and you yourself. Thank you for reading! Remember what you learned and treat others equally. At this, I bid you farewell.

Race Relations Discussion

Sunday, May 31st, 6-9pm

8600 Munson Rd

Mentor, OH

To talk about things that need to change.