Improving Race Relations in America

Jacob Benner

Slavery in America

Slavery began when European merchants started the Triangular Trade.The Triangular trade was a system in which slaves,crops,and manufactures were traded between Africa,the Caribbean,and the American colonies.Slave ships were large cargo ships specially converted for the purpose of transporting slaves,especially newly purchased slaves around the Triangle.There were so many slaves needed in the new world because people in the South were to lazy to do the work themselves and hired slaves to work for them without pay.There were more slaves in the Southern part of our country because the South was full of people who wanted to own slaves.Slavery was affected greatly by the invention of the Cotton gin because they needed more slaves to pick more cotton for it.

Slaves in America were treated poorly.The slaves get a few hours of off every day.They also woke up to the sound of a large bell.The plantation owners usually patrolled by horse on a semiweekly basis during the growing and off season but a daily basis during planting and harvest.They worked pretty much the whole day and if the owners where nice they wouldn't get beaten which usually wasn't true.Slaves were punished by whipping,shackling,hanging,beating,burning,mutilation,branding,and imprisonment.They weren't allowed to go to school and most of them weren't allowed to go to church either.They were encouraged to marry and have children.If they were caught trying to escape they were punished severely by their owners or sold further south.

It took until 1865 for slavery to be illegal in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.In 1831, William Lloyd Garrison begins publishing the Liberator,a weekly paper that supports the complete abolition of slavery.Also in 1846 David Wilmot from Pennsylvania,attempts to ban slavery in territory gained by in the Mexican War.In 1849 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery and becomes one of the most effective leaders of the Underground Railroad.John Brown and 21 followers capture the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry,VA in an attempt to launch a slave revolt.

My Plan to Improve Race Relations

There are still racial tensions in America today.Only 40% of Americans said race relations are good in the country,the lowest percentage since 34 percent in 1995.In 1995 a jury cleared black Hall of Fame football player O.J. Simpson in the deaths of his white ex-wife and her white friend.White police officers are injuring and even killing unarmed black men even when they didn't do anything bad.In December 2014 a unarmed black father of four was shot to death when a police officer apparently mistook a bottle of pills for a gun.In August 2014 a black man was fatally shot carrying a pellet gun in a Wal-Mart after he was accused of pointing it at people and after a month the man who accused him admitted he wasn't pointing it at people.

The legacy of slavery has contributed to these racial tensions.It is so difficult to forget supporting slavery today because a couple of the Americans today think that slaves will try to get revenge on them if their ancestors are slaves.Also a lot of people think that how they will get revenge is through violence and using guns.People also think that since the bad black people get into so many crimes such as rape,robbery,murder,and more crimes.They automatically think that that's because of slavery.Maybe its because they don't get good jobs cause we are still remembering slavery and they need to get enough money to live and support their family.

The one idea I have to improve race relations is to create a tv show.It will be on every Saturday night at 10:00 PM-11:00 PM.The host will be Nick Cannon and there will be a new comic every week.Also I will have Stephen A.Smith as the person who answers questions about slavery.He also argue if people want to argue he will argue.The first comic Ill have will be Kevin Hart who will really make you laugh.The name of the show will be Fixing Slavery in an Hour and it will be on NBC.