Discrimination Against African Americans

Words: 657
Pages: 3

Being African American has always been a battle in society. Discrimination of Blacks has been an ongoing problem in the world. African Americans were treated very poorly by Whites, and didn’t have many rights. It was hard for American Americans to survive. In the short essay “Champion of the World”, Joe Louis fought a White person. He was fighting for his freedom. If he lost the fight, the whole Black community would go back to slavery. At one point people thought Joe Louis was going to lose:
My race groaned. It was our people falling. It was another lynching, yet another Black man hanging on a tree. One more woman ambushed and raped. A Black boy whipped and maimed. It was hounds on the trail of a man running through slimy swamps. It was a white woman slapping her maid for being forgetful. (Angelou 117)
They feared going back to slavery, and the life they lived before the fight. Society has always discriminated against African Americans and made their life hard. According to the article “Colored, Negro, Black and African American”, It was very challenging for African Americans to go about their lives. Being born into an African American family automatically was a disadvantage. Whites had no idea
…show more content…
African American families would typically earn less than White families. “In 2004 the median black family income for people ages thirty to thirty-nine was 58 percent of white family income, or $35,000 compared to $60,000” (Katz and Stern). One reason why blacks made so much less than whites were because they could only get certain jobs, and a lot of the time they couldn’t get a job. Brown vs Board of Education, Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act all made it possible to give African Americans the same rights, and opportunities as Whites (4). They got jobs, and became equal to whites. Poverty is less of a problem, and there is no longer segregation. African Americans get the same benefits as any other