Improving modern race relations

Jack Rigo

Slavery's impact on America

Slavery in America was considered to be morally acceptable to some people. Many people were even willing to fight for it. The people that were willing to fight for it created the Confederate army and seceded eleven states from the Union. These states were Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Virginia. The Confederates fought at a disadvantage, but their will to fight allowed them to win many battles even when they had less troops and supplies. They had such a strong will to fight because if they lost they would become very poor, and they would lose their property.


The North, or the Union, on the other hand, fought diligently to abolish slavery. They knew it was morally wrong, and that the slaves needed to be free. The President at the time, Abraham Lincoln, didn't exactly want to get rid of slavery, but he wanted to bring the Union back together, and restore the nation to what it formerly was. The Union army had more supplies, more factories, soldiers that had better training, more money, better military, and support from the president, and all of this shows how the Union won the civil war.


At the end of the civil war when all of the slaves were freed, the southern states passed what is called the Black Codes. These Black Codes were designed to limit the rights of colored people. These meant that, although the African-American people were free from any and all slavery because of the Emancipation Proclamation, they still did not have all of the rights that white or Caucasian men had. A black man that had no home or job could be thrown in prison, some states blocked colored people from having certain jobs, interracial marriage was prohibited, and some states could limit the amount of property an African-American citizen could own at one time.

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Race relations in modern America

While slavery may have been abolished 150 years ago, there are still some racial tensions in modern society that haven't left. Many people believe that some police officers will shoot people because they have a bias against their race or ethnic group, and that the criminal justice system is biased against those who are African-American. There are also many stereotypes for people that are black, like how some people think that African-American people are more likely to steal or commit small crimes. these prejudicial thoughts and ideas are what fuels harmful stereotypes and bias that cause racial tension in modern society.


Now one may ask, why is it so difficult to forget about our nation's faults in the past, especially after 150 years? I personally believe that it is so hard to remove from our culture because it is such a major event in our nations history that has left an imprint in a lot of people's memory. People know that, at one point, African-American and Caucasian people were not treated equally, and it has left a lasting impression on their minds. Because of this, we now have racist humor, racist people, racist media, and, to some extent, a racist criminal justice system.


Racial profiling and racist bias in modern America needs to stop, and it needs to stop soon. My plan designed to rid America of the racism and bias that is, unfortunately, very prevalent throughout our culture and society is a simple one. I plan on making a website designed to inform people on how frequently subliminal racism can pass through our daily lives, and how you should react to it in order to help end racism in the United States. This website would be called racismandyou.com and it would cover how to detect subtle racism in their everyday lives, and how to help stop it. For example, the website could talk about how African-American people are frequently ridiculed because of racist jokes and humor, and how you should react appropriately when met with these harmful actions. It would also discuss the fact that by reacting appropriately in these types of situations, not only are you helping to end racism in the United States, but you are also setting a good example for future generations.

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