Reading Race Blogging Project

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Author: Leslie Lopez

 

How has race shaped and impacted society then ( before and during Jim Crow) and now (21st) Century?

Race is not real. Race was created by the white men who still run our country. The white men who still write our laws come from the same aspects of the white men that killed and raped million of native people living in what we now call the land of the free.  These some white men who kidnapped Africans from the land of gold and brought them back to do their labor. They treated them like animals solely because they are not white men, in their eyes they were animals. A whole lot of years later the 13th amendment was written by some white men and freed the slaves to become slaves. Today the fight is not over there are millions of conflicts that branched off the Jim Crow Laws written after the slaves were freed, to make them legal slaves and title a black person as a criminal.

   Race before the Jim Crow laws was very clear to anyone. It wasn’t an uncomfortable subject to anyone. If you were black you were a slave to the white masters, you got lucky if your daddy was your master you would be kept inside to do housework.  If you were white you were superior and that was known by everyone. In the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, the Death of Slavery, states “White supremacy, over time, became a religion of sorts…Africans were bestial, that whites were inherently superior, and slavery was, in fact, for blacks’ own good”.  This shows that race wasn’t what we perceive it as now, “ an uncomfortable topic”.

     During the Jim Crow Laws this idea that race is what makes you a criminal surfaced. Black Americans were charged with heavy sentences for the smallest crimes.The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, the Birth of Jim Crow, states “..vagrancy laws and other laws defining activities such as “mischief” and “insulting gestures” as crimes were enforced vigorously against blacks.” The Jim Crow laws basically made it illegal to be black. African-Americans were getting thrown in jail , under these laws. Segregation between the white and blacks was once legal. This is the time period where black people, like Ben Carson, became republicans. White supremacy was pushed to be the ideal American and being black meant you were a criminal. Black republicans are not confused, just victims of the Jim Crow Laws.

The after mass of the Jim Crow Laws left several things lingering around that do not seem like a big deal to the white men running this country that have a poster child of a black man named Barack Obama. Mass Incarceration is a huge problem within the borders of the land of the free.  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, the Birth of Mass Incarceration, states “.. civil rights were being identified as a threat to law and order, the FBI was reporting fairly dramatic increases in the national crime rate.” Law and order,  was a concept created by once again, the white men running this country. It pushed for there to be more Justice in the street of the white people’s America. This created a whole new bucket of problems for the black community.

Today no one speaks about race, no one knows any of the secrets the white men have behind their ideas that portray black people as the enemy. No white person wants to talk about how hard it is to be white , because they certainly know behind there white brains their people lead to this inhumane mess that makes their lives easier.

“Black Man”

Stevie Wonder

First man to die
For the flag we now hold high [Crispus Attucks]
Was a black manThe ground were we stand
With the flag held in our hand
Was first the red man’s

Guide of a ship
On the first Columbus trip [Pedro Alonzo Nino]
Was a brown man

The railroads for trains
Came on tracking that was laid
By the yellow man

We pledge allegiance
All our lives
To the magic colors
Red, blue and white
But we all must be given
The liberty that we defend
For with justice not for all men
History will repeat again
It’s time we learned
This World Was Made For All Men

Heart surgery
Was first done successfully
By a black man [Dr Daniel Hale Williams]

Friendly man who died
But helped the pilgrims to survive [Squanto]
Was a red man

Farm workers rights
Were lifted to new heights [Caesar Chavez]
By a brown man

Incandescent light
Was invented to give sight [Thomas Edison]
By the white man

We pledge allegiance
All our lives
To the magic colors
Red, blue and white
But we all must be given
The liberty that we defend
For with justice not for all men
History will repeat again
It’s time we learned
This World Was Made For All Men

Hear me out…

Now I know the birthday of a nation
Is a time when a country celebrates
But as your hand touches your heart
Remember we all played a part in America
To help that banner wave

First clock to be made
In America was created
By a black man [Benjamin Banneker]

Scout who used no chart
Helped lead Lewis and Clark
Was a red man [Sacagawea]

Use of martial arts
In our country got its start
By a yellow man

And the leader with a pen
Signed his name to free all men
Was a white man [Abraham Lincoln]

We pledge allegiance
All our lives
To the magic colors
Red, blue and white
But we all must be given
The liberty that we defend
For with justice not for all men
History will repeat again
It’s time we learned
This World Was Made For All Men

This world was made for all men
This world was made for all men
This world was made for all men
God saved His world for all men
All people
All babies
All children
All colors
All races
This world’s for you
and me
This world
My world
Your world
Everybody’s world
This world
Their world
Our world
This world was made for all men

Hear me out…

Who was the first man to set foot on the North Pole?
Matthew Henson – a black man

Who was the first american to show the Pilgrims at Plymouth the secrets of survival in the new world?
Squanto – a red man

Who was the soldier of Company G who won high honors for his courage and heroism in World War 1?
Sing Kee – a yellow man

Who was the leader of united farm workers and helped farm workers maintain dignity and respect?
Caesar Chavez – a brown man

Who was the founder of blood plasma and the director of the Red Cross blood bank?
Dr. Charles Drew – a black man

Who was the first American heroine who aided the Lewis and Clark expedition?
Sacajewa – a red woman

Who was the famous educator and semanticist who made outstanding contributions to education in America?
Hayakawa – a yellow man

Who invented the world’s first stop light and the gas mask?
Garrett Morgan – a black man

Who was the American surgeon who was one of the founders of neurosurgery?
Harvey Williams Cushing – a white man

Who was the man who helped design the nation’s capitol, made the first clock to give time in America and wrote the first almanac?
Benjamin Banneker – a black man

Who was the legendary hero who helped establish the League of Iroquois?
Hiawatha – a red man

Who was the leader of the first microbiotic center in America?
Micho Kushi – a yellow man

Who was the founder of the city of Chicago in 1772?
Jean Baptiste – a black man

Who was one of the organizers of the American Indian Movement?
Denis Banks – a red man

Who was the Jewish financier who raised founds to sponsor Cristopher Columbus’ voyage to America?
Lewis D. Santangel – a white man

Who was the woman who led countless slaves to freedom on the underground rairoad?
Harriet Tubman – a black woman

 


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