Race Relations in the United States Essay by Professor Victor Verb

Race Relations in the United States
A comprehensive examination of the status of blacks in America today.
# 53140 | 1,801 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2003 | US

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


Today, the United States has a black Secretary of State and National Security Advisor; however, the ability of black people in America to achieve such positions is a fairly recent phenomenon. In fact, some people continue to point to the lack of progress by blacks compared to other minorities as compelling evidence that, if blacks were truly "equal", they would have succeeded in reducing the level of these disparities even more by this point in history. Others, though, point out that the United States has undertaken a path that was designed to "keep the blacks in their place" and has adversely affected the ability of this minority segment to achieve racial parity with their mainstream counterparts. This paper provides a review of the relevant literature to determine what factors contributed to the current status of blacks in America, followed by a summary of the research in the conclusion.

From the Paper:

"Many people think that the Civil Rights Movement in the United States is over and that the black people won. Civil rights advocates point to the major strides made in recent decades in desegregating schools, in enacting appropriate legislation to ensure that the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments were followed, and a host of other actions which indeed point to progress in the civil rights area. However, the ugly face of racism continues to haunt the United States in many ways and its effects seem to ebb and flow from one American generation to the next. Since this nation's birth, i.e., European discovery of the new world, Blacks, with exception to the native American Indians, have suffered disproportionately more than any other group. No other group of people in America has experienced more difficulty assimilating into the American culture. When one considers the American promises of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness for Blacks", a review of the nation's history and the enslavement of African Blacks is crucial. Black Americans are often filled with rage when conjuring up visions of slavery in America. Most white Americans, however, are indifferent concerning the slavery issue. Since they did not own slaves, why should they feel any guilt over something that happened 100, 200, or 300 years ago? From the boycott of the Montgomery bus system to the civil rights march on Washington, D. C., these visions are what come to the minds of most Americans. The struggle for civil rights, however, did not begin with Rosa Parks nor the effort to desegregate the public school system in Topeka, Kansas and it did not end with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King."

Cite this Essay:

APA Format

Race Relations in the United States (2004, October 14) Retrieved September 18, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/essay/race-relations-in-the-united-states-53140/

MLA Format

"Race Relations in the United States" 14 October 2004. Web. 18 September. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/essay/race-relations-in-the-united-states-53140/>