Racism in the United States of America has been controversial, compelling, and conflicting for over two hundred years now. We’ve gone from colonies to states, a union to a nation, and finally slavery and discrimination to freedom. Today all men and women are equal and have equal rights in their pursuit of happiness. It wasn’t all that long ago that this idea of equality was just an idea. I know this from talking to my grandmother telling me she had seen the end of segregation in schools and had actually heard the great Martin Luther King Jr. speak. In 1864 we, The United States of America, abolished slavery as a whole. That should have made everything okay again, right? We then transformed into a nation that not only didn’t have equality but had separation based on race and thus the idea of racism took over. White people still had control of power and black people weren’t respected or treated the same in any sense. There were separate restrooms, schools, bus seats, hell even separate drinking fountains and all of this because of the color of ones skin.
How do I feel about segregation
One man that is most commonly associated with segregation is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is said to have had one of the most influential roles in the movement to end segregation. He led numerous sit-ins and peaceful marches as president of the Southern Christian Movement for Human Rights. Below is a quote from Letter from Birmingham Jail in which King wrote:
You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court’s decision of 1054 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just...