If you want to understand the situation of African Americans today, you have to know the past and the way how things where back on the days. The first Black slave was brought 1619 to America, in the next 70 years every colony hat slavs that wer working for them. 1879 Thousands of African Americans migrate out of the South to escape oppression. 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson case: racial segregation is ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court. The “Jim Crow” (“separate but equal”) laws begin, barring African Americans from equal access to public facilities. 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case: strikes down segregation as unconstitutional.1955 In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005) is arrested for breaking a city ordinance by refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. This defiant act gives initial momentum to the Civil Rights Movement.1964 The Civil Rights Act is signed, prohibiting discrimination of all kinds. 2008 Barack Obama becomes the first African American to win the U.S. presidential race.
Barack Obama Victory Speech:
Numbers Back in the days compares to now:
In 1940, 60 percent of employed black women worked as domestic servants; today the number is down to 2.2 percent, while 60 percent hold white- collar jobs. In 1958, 44 percent of whites said they would move if a black family became their next door neighbor; today the figure is 1 percent. In 1964, the year the great Civil Rights Act was passed, only 18 percent of whites claimed to have a friend who was black; today 86 percent say they do, while 87 percent of blacks assert they have white friends. Like you can see in the paragraphs above a lot of things have changed in the last years.
Black or white, it dosed matter for the most people, but there are always some people that have a problem with color. But if we work together and fight for our rights than we can change something about that. Like the two friends in the video below.
Overall i would say that the situation for African Americans is way better than before bur still not perfekt. But i am confident that it will get better in the future, i hope as soon as possible.