BLACK RIGHTS By: Wil Mangel

For centuries, black people in the United States have been treated with disrespect and have been ignored. Not only have they been harassed and threatened for their race, they have been deprived of their rights. Though all these men and women are citizens, they are not given the same and equal rights as white people. Thousands of blacks have been severely affected by this unfairness. In court, very guilty men and women have walked free from a crime commited to a black person. Also, hundreds of black people have been shot by law enforcement and killed. It is clear that black people are deprived of their rights and equality. At some points in our history, black people were given jobs that were so terrible and paid so little, that they seemed to inhuman. One example of when black people have been treated poorly was “In Memphis in the 1960’s, sanitation workers were paid so little, they qualified for food stamps, blurring the line between employment and government assistance.” (Prospect.org) Evidently, these black people were also given very bad jobs that provided just enough money to survive. Not only were these poor people treated with utmost disrespect, they were also harassed. Additionally, blacks “Encountered a spate policy of indignity, and a government housing policy that forced them into artificial urban ghettos.”(Segregation) It is clear that throughout our past, black people have been denied their rights and forced into terrible living conditions.

Not only were black people treated poorly, segregation played a huge role in their lives. Every public place that they went to had two designated areas, one for white people and one for black people. In the South black people ”Operated 247 schools across the South, with a budget of 1 million dollars. They employed 1600 teachers and taught 46,000 students.” (Kaw Valley.org) One can conclude from the evidence that the students highly outnumbered the teachers. Also, the teachers made just enough money to live on while in white schools, the average of teachers to students was decent and the pay for them was far more money than that of black teachers. Not only were schools segregated, but also movie theaters. In this particular picture, “A black man goes into the colored section of the movie theatre in Belzoni Mississippi in 1939.” (Brown V Board) The evidence clearly states that there was indeed very segregated public places. In conclusion, these black men and women were not only denied rights but forced to live separately from white people.

Today, acts of violence and hate still affect black people. Many incidents have occurred in Ferguson, Missouri in which a black teenaged is shot and killed by a police officer. One example was when a teeneger named ”Brown an 18 year old black man was fatally shot by Darren Wilson… Brown was unarmed and walking towards Wilson when the final shots were fired.”(The targeting of Blacks) The evidence clearly states that this man was a innocently walking towards the police officer unarmed yet he still shot him. This was undoubtedly an act of racism towards black people. Not only has there been recent activity targeting black men and women, “On November 3rd, 1979 9 protesters were killed in a matter of 80 seconds in Greensboro”(Civil Rights Greensboro) One can conclude from the evidence that this was obviously a gigantic hate crime to the black race. White supremacists believed that they were highly superior to the black people and even decided to shoot a peaceful protest. Evidently, black people were killed because of their race in the past and in present day.

Throughout our nation's history, black people have been known to have been treated poorly and even killed. What they don't realize, is that they were also not treated fairly in the court of law to. On of the most famous examples of unfairness is the Dred Scott case. Dred Scott was a slave who's master died. He then began to live with a new master who was a doctor in the military. However, Dred Scott labored in many free states which should have made him a free man. The judges were aware of "Scott's extended stay in Illinois, a free state, which gave him the legal standing to make a claim for his freedom."(PBS.org) Evidently, it was clear that Scott should have become a free man but he was deprived of his rights. Not only was Dred Scott not granted a citizenship in the United States, "It was stated that because, Scott was black, he was not a citizen and therefore had no right to sue."(PBS.org) One can conclude from the evidence that the judicial system was clearly biased and very racist. These people made a freed man go back into slavery. Clearly, throughout our nations history and today, black people have been severely affected by racism and prejudice.

Works Cited

"Civil Rights Greensboro." UNCG Digital Collections. Civil Rights Greensboro, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2017.

"5 Injured in Nightclub Shooting in Southeast Missouri." FOX2now.com. N.p., 13 Feb. 2017. Web. 24 Mar. 2017.

PBS. Public Broadcasting Service, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2017.

"Segregation." Segregation. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2017.

"The Targeting of Young Blacks By Law Enforcement: Ben Jealous in Conversation With Jamelle Bouie." The American Prospect. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2017.

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