Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, there is always somebody different.
Imagine walking down the street and having people stare at you or call you names, or talk behind your back. Imagine not knowing the time because nobody will tell you. Why won?t they tell you the time, or spare you some change? Because you are black.
Actually, because your skin is a different color, your because you?re a different kind of religion. In a way I admire them because they?ve survived for hundreds of years until they were free, and now that they?re free, the modern white men harasses them and beats them. I mean, they even had a world wide organization named for them. The KKK has been around for awhile. The KKK or the Ku Klux Klan, was started to get rid of blacks and Jewish people. The author of “A Monument to Racism” writes in her article that she was in Flowery Branch, Georgia, and in front of Danny
Carver?s house, he?s a KKK leader, was 8 or more signs, and on these signs read: “A brain is a terrible thing to waste, that?s why niggers don?t have one. (Glamour 110).” Another sign said “NAACP” or “Niggers, Alligators, Apes, Coons, and Possums. Or insisting that blacks don?t have brains and that they should be treated like animals.
There?s a figurine in front of the yard that had 4 young black men sitting on it with 2 KKK hooded members by them. To top it off, Carver?s lawn was on the Atlantic highway, the main way through the capital. I strongly agree with Valerie Joseph when she says that she “wanted to believe that people actually cared, she wanted to believe that there were lawyers, activists, parents, church groups of all races that were bombarding this man with phone calls and letters. She hoped that maybe teenagers would plan to
don?t have to express it, keep it to yourself. If you hear somebody saying something
about somebody else, all you have to do is say listen, there just as equal as you are. If
you do it, pretty soon they?ll quit.
I was in a situation one time at a bus station and was wearing baggy pants and a
shirt, I also had my beeper on. I came into the bus station off the bus and I sat down. I
turned to me and got right up in my face and said why do you wear such baggy pants? I
said their comfortable, and “Why do you wear such tight pants?” You know the old
saying: Don?t EVER mess with a drunk person? Well, I didn?t take that to heart at that
different kinds? Then the man started taking off his gloves, he said “If you were a
nigger, I?d hit you!” I didn?t really care if he did because he?d be the only one paying for
it. Actually, I?d probably be in the hospital because that guy looked like he could pack a
punch. Then the next day I seen him talking to a BIG black man, just conversing, no
racism in his voice. It just goes to show you how hypocritical people can be when
they?re racist, but not to black people?s faces.
Also, many years ago, there was a segregation. I?m sure all of you know what
also had to sit in the back of the bus while whites had top picks on seats even if it meant
standing when a white person took your seat. Then, segregation finally was abolished.
“As blacks acquired middle-class status, just like whites before them, they moved out of
central cities, and the sustaining buffers between lower-class blacks and the surrounding
I was looking through “Time” magazine and I found an article that was titled
“Evict thy Neighbor.” It was about a couple that had been getting harassed by their
leave their home within 180 days.
So, there are all these people doing this, but yet they know they could go to jail.
We ask our selves, why do people do this? Well, it all started with slaves. The
African-Americans came to the United States hundreds and hundreds of years ago from
across the Atlantic Ocean with some of the first settlers. They were then sold at slave
trades and auctioned off. But, back to the modern day, blacks would think that they?d
police officers approached him and beat him almost to death. The whole thing was
caught on tape with one of the police car?s dash mounted cameras. the four identified
police officers were put on trial, when the verdict came that they were found not guilty,
the L.A. Riots started almost immediately. People were beating others, looting stores,
and blacks were shooting and beating white police officers.
Some think that there would?ve been the L.A. riots all over again if the jury
would?ve found O.J. Simpson guilty last year.
As I said before, there is something you can do. You might not be able to stop
riots, but you?ll probably make a persons day better.
You might know of Texaco, It?s a large chain of gas stations throughout the
United States. Several employees have been called “porch monkeys” and “orangutans”.
Texaco pled guilty because an employee walked in on a faculty meeting and heard white
employee?s copying the way African Americans talk. All the white employees were also
getting promoted to a higher rank when they were doing nothing, when black employees
were working hard and getting they?re checks reduced. The settlement at Texaco was
$115 million in cash to about 1,400 current and former black workers who served. $26.1
million in pay raise over five years for black employees. $35 million for a task force to
employment practices. Another suit was filed against “Avis” for refusing to serve blacks
in North and South Carolina. By now it should be apparent to everyone that bigotry still
flourishes in many parts of America.
Also, rappers, who we all know are mostly black, are harassed and put down
daily, because of what they sing about. nobody criticizes country singers who sing about
shouldn?t matter what color they are or what they look like, it?s the music they sing.
Every parent thinks that rap is bad, because it has a few swears, but not if you get the
edited version. Everyone thinks that rappers commit crimes. Blacks make up 12 percent
(US News 93). A black man can not even get a cab for 3 hours because cabbies are
income black and white people live and hang out.
If you just think before you talk you can make a difference, if you put yourself in
all these situations I?ve just mentioned, you would want to make a difference.