History of American Race Relations

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Throughout history, race relations in the United States of America have conveyed varying attitudes of Negroes, which afflicted and gave rise to their "Great American Dream". This was due to the raging "racism", a conflict provoked by the belief of a superior race. White Supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan acting in biased behaviour taunted Negroes to defy the racism. This led to the establishment of Civil Rights organisations, primarily symbolised by Martin Luther King Jr. Segregation laws were eventually ruled out giving the Negroes a brighter future. All these features belong to the Negroes' struggle of accomplishing equality.

The principle of white supremacy often restrained the Negroes from achieving equal rights. The hostility of the Ku Klux Klan made the Negroes abandon all hopes of a Great American Dream. In due course, the violence and brutality of this organisation was exposed to the rest of the white society, whose new thoughts of the KKK brought about the undermining of their organisation.

After this occurrence, the Negroes acknowledged that the white communities contained those striving for the same achievement as themselves: equality. Though there were many societies against the Ku Klux Klan, their oppression of the Negroes continued with over three thousand blacks lynched from 1885 to 1914. Attributable to civil rights activists in 1960, the KKK re-emerged in several states considering themselves, "normal". Subsequently, desegregation began and due to the large number of whites who opposed to black civil rights, the Ku Klux Klan organisation increased which made liberation seem an impossible goal. The brutal torture and murder of 14 year old Emmett Till confirmed that white supremacists were able to kill freely. Pictures of Emmett Till before and after his death illustrated the South's dreadful racist problem giving rise to more civil rights organisations.

The Civil...