Improving Race Relations in America
Written by: Sam Bostelman
Slavery in America
Slaves in America were treated very poorly. The slaves were treated as property, not human beings, so this meant they could be sold, traded, and treated however their owner, or master, wanted to treat them. Many people were sold away from their families. Slaves would work from dawn until dusk with no breaks. After they would work they would often have to dance and do other amusing things for their masters entertainment. They only had one very small meal a day, but some would have a very small breakfast, if they were lucky. While in the fields there was an overseer who would lash them with a whip if they were not picking fast enough. If slaves did not do what they were supposed to do sometimes they would have very harsh whippings. Slaves were not treated very well in America.
It took until 1865 for slavery to be illegal in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Slavery was a very big deal because many people believed it was wrong and should be abolished, they were the Northern states also called The Union. The Southern states believed slavery was a good thing and should be continued, they were the Confederate States of America. The Civil war between the North and the South lasted four years. Slavery was abolished once and for all in the United States, but there were still many people who did not treat the African American people equal.
Slaves Working Until Late at Night
Slaves would work from early in the morning until very late at night.
Cotton farms are where most slaves worked. After the invention of the cotton gin slaves had to work even harder than they did before.
After picking many slaves were forced to dance and be entertainment for their masters. They only got few hours of sleep each night.
Slaves Working Until Late at Night
My Plan to Improve Race Relations
The legacy of slavery has contributed to many of these tensions. It is hard for people to forget the history of slavery because that is how there people were once treated. This relates to how many Jewish people were killed and put in concentration camps, yet many Jews are still uneasy about this topic because that is how their ancestors and people were treated. African Americans should be mad about this because they used to not even be considered a full person! Also, their ancestors could have been kidnapped and brought to the United States. They probably think about "What if I was born during that time, and I got kidnapped and forced to come to America?" It would be very hard to live in those conditions. Many black people are still discriminated against to this day.
One idea that I have to improve race relations in making a talk show to air on TV on Wednesdays at 9 pm on PBS. Oprah would be the host. It would start with her sitting in a chair having a discussion with a small child. She would have a discussion on what they think being racist is, and ask them if they have every been discriminated against. The children then would talk about what they believe it is. This show will be an hour long with 3-4 child guests every show. Then Oprah would give them a lecture about how they are unique people, and they were born with the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. I believe that this would help because if enough people saw it they would start to act better and not discriminate people because of how they look, act, or believe. They would hear the real stories of children in America.