The Progressive Era was a very significant point in time, but "progressive" is a slightly misleading term. Sure, there were some things that were changing for the good, but race was not one of them. Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president, was unwilling to see African/African American people as equals. When he spoke about them, there was little to no respect and he believes that white people are superior to them. There has been a lot of change since then because we obviously aren't segregated anymore, but has enough changed? Even political figures, like Donald Trump, speak as if black people are "things" not human beings. Saying something like "I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks" doesn't help him sound less racist. Also saying that he doesn't want black guys counting his money is proof that some people still believe stereotypes to this day. Those are the things that need to change.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Many people view Donald Trump as racist; even though he claims he is not. Well let's look at his comments and decide whether his is or not. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." In my opinion, putting a stereotype on a whole minority is ignorant, and it's immoral. Not all Mexicans "have lots of problems". Not all Mexicans are bringing crime and drugs, and they all aren't rapists. People who do those things can literally be found in any race, so judging someone, a whole ethnicity, just because of stereotype, especially as president of the United States, is very worrying. Moving on from that comment, let's look at another. “A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that... I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.’’ He can have whatever opinion he'd like about African Americans having "an advantage", but the way he speaks about them is wrong. They aren't some sort of object, they are human beings. That's not even the most concerning thing, though. He also said, “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” Didn't he say he would love to be a black? Trump tends to go back on his word a lot, not only on race but other subjects too. Many people claim that he only said racist things to appeal to the white, conservative voters, that he didn't actually mean it. Do we really want a president that will pretend to be racist just to get votes? Or even worse, do we want a president that is actually racist? Whether you voted for him or not, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but people of color may have more thinking to do.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Like before, my topic is still race, but this time it's based in the colonial times instead of modern day. Research done by historians have proven that there were African Americans in the state of Virginia before the 1619. At least twenty African Americans were brought to Virginia on Dutch ships and were put to work as slaves. By 1640, there were at least 150 African Americans in Virginia, but by 1704, there were 10,000 slaves present. The need for more slaves didn’t arrive until "The Great Fire of 1666" when a need for more labor workers soared sky high. The status of most African Americans, however, was extremely complex because some were free, some weren't, and others had the same liberties and freedoms as white people. Around the 1660's and 1670's, there were many laws that took away a lot of rights from the African Americans, making them unequal from others. Eventual the numbers of slaves in Virginia and Maryland went from 4,000 to 12,500.
Monday, September 26, 2016
My name is Mykal. I was assigned a project where I will write a blog on a specific topic. I decided that I'd choose race. In the article I chose, it showed how the racism went from pointing towards Native Americans to pointing to African Americans. This can definitely relate to current events. While there is still racism towards black people, there's also a lot of racism towards Muslim people because of 9/11, ISIS, bombings, and so on. Many people think all Muslim people are terrorists and want to ban them from our country, but that is not true. We can never say every single person from one group is the same. Not all Muslims are terrorists, not all white people are racist, not all black people are "ghetto", etc.