Racial Discrimination In The United States

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Martin Luther King Jr. once said. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” After all of the history the world has with slavery, and racism, all that we’ve gone through, and have come from it’s about time that we put our differences aside, and accept each other for what we are, and aren’t. "Racism is based on the belief that physical characteristics account for differences in character and ability, and that a particular race is superior to another." Racism has been going on since before anyone can remember whether it was owning a slave, killing another person just because of the color of his or her skin complexion, or making a racial joke about a classmate. Nobody is exactly identical to any other person. With that fact being stated, there is nothing to prove that one race can be superior to another. These facts being known, scientist have stopped studying racial differences all together, with the understanding that no person even of the same race is the same. Although these facts have been proved scientifically, racism still seems to be rising. In addition to these facts this paper will tell the history of racism, racial discrimination, and racial profiling.
First off , slavery arrived in America during the 16th century. Whereas the first African slaves to be sold in America (that was documented), had been in 1619. There were 20 of them transported to America on a Dutch ship. In 1777, the constitution of Vermont had banned slavery, and the owning of slaves. Also six years later in Massachusetts, they declared owning a slave was illegal while in state boundaries. Later on, in 1808 The U.S. got rid of slave importation, but despite the abolishment, illegal trading of slaves continued on. By the time of 1820, there had been a balance of 12 free states, and 12 slave states in reaction to the Missouri Compromise. In 1855 segregation based on racial differences was ridden in Massachusetts, following that in 1861 the civil war begins, leading to President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in the non North occupied parts of the confederacy. Five years later in the year 1866, the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) was founded. Countering that, in 1909 the (NAACP) National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was created to give equal rights to all people including people of color, and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination. Later in 1963-1968 Martin Luther King Jr. made his mark on racism, and destroyed a great barrier between all the races. More currently in 1906, the hate crime rate in America increases, with 52% of them being racially motivated. In addition to that, in 2012 the now famous, heart breaking story of 19 year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead in his aunts gated community by security guard George Zimmerman simply because of the color of his skin "This Martin Luther King Day, a New Look at Race." Christian Science...

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