Short Essay: Homosexuality, by MurderousSweetTart - Booksie
Plessy v. Ferguson – New Orleans Louisiana
Wallenstein, Peter.. “Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Movement: An Overview”. In Encyclopedia of American Studies, Johns Hopkins University Press.
Black Businesses (Oprah Winfrey) – Chicago Illinois
These photos show the growth since the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. However contrary to what society shows and tells us blacks and minorities are still oppressed and are far from where they want to be. According to Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, blacks make up only 12-13 percent of the United States population, but combined with Hispanics they make up over 70% the prison population. This huge disparity is the result of mass incarceration, a form of New Jim Crow in modern society. Mass incarceration is basically the modern day word for slavery. President Ronald Regan and President Bill Clinton were the leaders of this mass incarceration through the use of War on Drugs. The War on Drugs was a way for these Presidents to show their toughness on crime and create a false sense of character and patriotism toward citizens. An unknown fact about the War on Drugs is that it was started by CIA in the 1980s due to the fact they implemented drugs into ghettos across the country. Ghettos today are made up of predominately poor blacks and Latinos. These facts have ignited a new anxiety today in people of color, to stay out of jail and not fall into the system. Anxiety has been the leading factor throughout the years for blacks, Hispanics, woman and gays to demand change. History shows that evolution is possible but hard to endure. Although we have come a long way and made great efforts in reforming society we still have a long way to go in order to reach our full potential as a country.