The United States has suffered from racial tensions well into the Twentieth century.

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Racial Tension

I agree that the United States suffered from racial tensions well into the Twentieth century. Throughout the 20th century many white people believed that blacks should be separated from whites, causing much animosity between the two. Blacks experienced stereotyping, unequal opportunities, and discrimination. A man who shows racial tension was the reverend Martin Luther King Jr., in his speech "I have a Dream." He tried to show America the problems that were going on with blacks and whites.

Martin Luther King Jr. talked about the Emancipation Proclamation that was passed over a hundred years ago saying that "all men are created equal." He also said the end of slavery did not mean the end of the Negro struggle but the beginning. He also talks about how one day he would like to see his children be judged by the content of their character and not by the way they color of their skin.

Martin Luther King Jr. died trying for freedom and the rights for this country.

During the twentieth century people were discriminated because of the color of their skin. Blacks were not allowed to go into white stores, schools, bathrooms or use the same water fountains. Blacks had there own areas where they could go. They also had unequal opportunities at this time. Blacks were not allowed to vote and really had no reason to. They also weren't allowed to express their own opinions, especially to white people.

When we first meet a person we automatically assume what type of person they are by the way they look. An example is in "The Color Purple." Mr. /Albert assumed that Celie was not worth anything because of the way she looked. He thought that she was a poor, stupid, rotten, uneducated woman who couldn't do anything,