150 Years of Racism
How did slavery begin?
Slaves in America were treated horribly, whipping, execution, and sexual abuse of women, including rape, were common. The slaves weren't allowed to learn how to read or write, because if they could read or write they could possibly rebel. Slaves worked continuously day after day for 16 to 18 hours, only getting about 6 hours of sleep. Slaves did not get much to eat, they got pork or fish, and corn meal. Slaves did not go to school, they worked all day everyday. Slaves who weren't already married were allowed to get married, and have kids if they chose to. If the slaves didn't obey their master he would do whatever he wanted to do to them, most likely whip them. Most slaves most likely wanted to escape because they were so miserable, but they knew if they got caught they would most likely get killed.
It took until 1865 for slavery to be illegal in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. constitution. President Abraham Lincoln and the Republican party were not against slavery, they just didn't want it to spread into any of the new states. Lincoln even said "if I could save the Union without freeing a slave, I would, and if I could save the Union by freeing every slave, I would." Obviously, during Lincoln's presidency, his main goal was to preserve the Union. Even after the Civil War and the end of slavery, African Americans were still not treated equal. They didn't even get the right to vote until 15th Amendment gave them the right to vote in 1870.
Improving Race Relations in America
Forgetting our country's history of supporting slavery is hard to do when there are still believers in it. Racial groups like the KKK, who don't think that African-Americans are equal to white people, and still believe that they shouldn't be allowed to have the same freedoms that white people have, are always trying to remind people how it used to be. And people who just think that African-Americans are just bad people (another prejudice) are also reasons why we can't seem to forget about slavery. Like when former Clippers owner Donald Sterling made a racist remark during an interview, it was all over Sports Center and all over the news. Even though they weren't supporting him, it still reminded everyone of what America used to be.
My plan to improve race relations in America is to make a documentary starring athletes from all over the country of different races. The documentary will be called "All In", the reason for this title is to let everyone know that athletes are 'All In' on getting rid of race relations. The documentary would be full of interviews with the athletes, talking about how hard they worked to get where they are today. They would also tell you about all the adversity that they had to overcome to succeed in their life. I know it doesn't seem like that would improve race relations, but it would show people all around the country that nothing was handed to them because of their race, it would that they all had to work hard and overcome adversity to get where they are. The point is there was no prejudice to get them where they are, that African Americans and all other races had to work just as hard to make it in their sport.