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Less than Equal The initial Status of Blacks in the Unites States Government Period 3 December 18 2000 Less than Equal The initial status of blacks in the United States For much of black America life seems suspended In the bleakness of filth and of the inner cities our people go through motions of living On the street corners jobless men still wait among the garbage and rats children still play There are some features to the scene City blocks are ravaged by the riot the bums and blocked buildings the empty lots still stand like silent witnesses to their futile angerLusane C 1994 p135 Historically African American have endured a large amount of economic distress Exploitation for labor for 400 years brought about turmoil There was no land for the black people They were not allowed voting privileges now nor then There was a lot mind manipulation that took place Lack of self worth was one of their main concerns The slave owners made divisions between the black people by favoring light over dark blacks put a wedge between the African community as a whole Black people were also ousted from the community due to their dark skin and discrimination towards them Black people are weakened by their own distrust and jealousies of each other by our factionalism and feudingNatanson 1992 p 56 Black people today are no better politically economicly or socially than they were before despite the numerous efforts that they have made Problems with social equity existed in the preceding years with African American More than two blacks were prohibited to congregate at on time because there were laws that hindered it Also there were Jim Crow laws that were very oppressive to the African American community Rejection from bathrooms and drinking fountains and restaurants forced blacks to segregate from the community Schools were
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