By Moses Kamuiru
The belief that a person or a group of individuals is more superior to others is referred to as racism. Capabilities of such superior individuals or group are based on their physical characteristics. The United States has suffered racism throughout its history. The establishment of American Laws has been founded on Racial Prejudice with most laws concerning the white people being legalized over other legislation.
Impact on the 21st Century
The suffering of black Americans gives a perfect example of the effects of racial discrimination. As time moves on such prejudices become normal behavior patterns that are carried on to future generations. These actions become irresistible to fight off by social and political movements. Implementing new laws to ban the unjust treatment of social groups differently can also be a challenge. Discrimination comes about when one group enjoys certain advantages over another and yet they have equal capabilities. For example, some individual schools that offer the best learning facilities are mainly reserved for a group of students and not for others or access well-paying jobs. Past centuries of prejudice and injustices have had an adverse impact on the present twenty-first century. This clearly indicates that creating strong roots of discrimination will go a long way to affecting the future of a country.
A long history of racism
During the colonial period in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, racism became prominent. During this time, North America was a colony of Britain who viewed dark skin as evil and dirty. The Britons branded the black Americans to bad behavioral traits immediately they crossed the ocean to settle and colonize North America.
Blacks referred to as property
Racism resulted to slavery in the late seventeenth century, where people were taken captive and viewed as a source of labor. Blacks were captured and forced into North America by European slave traders and were exchanged for rum, sugar and other goods that were exported back to Europe. During this time, there was high demand for labor that was needed to remove the forests of Eastern Seaboard to plant crops all the way from Georgia north through New England. This created a social status of being superior among the white colonists by becoming slave owners and owning large plantations. This state of superiority complex resulted in colonial laws that restricted intermarriages between whites and blacks. Blacks were branded as tools of labor with no rights. They were not considered as human beings but the mere property of the British government. Children that were born of mixed blood i.e. black and white parent was found to be black and therefore treated as a slave.
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