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Minorities: Differences Of The Past And Present

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There is a huge difference in the treatment and problems for blacks and other minorities now than during the first 130 years of our nations history. Affirmative action seems to have gone too far because it seems to be favoring the minorities now so it is kinda like reverse racism. Before blacks and other minorities were the last people to be considered for jobs and for college, now if a minority and a white male with the same intelligence are trying to attend a college the minority will probably get the spot.During our nations early years blacks were kidnapped for slavery and they didn't have any rights, families were broken up, ...view middle of the document...

It showed the whites that they would fight and die for their country. At the end of the civil war a few amendments were passed. The 13th amendment was passed and that ended slavery, the 14th amendment gave them citizenship, and the 15th gave the blacks the right to vote.Proof that times are changing was demonstrated when Essie May Washington-Williams spoke out to the press about her father. She told everyone that he was her father after he died because she didn't want to damage his reputation. Her father was a white segregationist but she was a black girl. Her mother was a black maid that worked for her father. Times are changing, discrimination is so minor now compared to then to the point that minorities are being favored. An example that times might be going the opposite direction because now blacks, white women, and other minorities are getting more opportunities than white males. In colleges and working places if a white male and a white female had the same ability the female would get it the job. Another example of it going the other way is that a commentator for the NFL stated that he thought critics were making Donovan McNabb to be better than he actually is. He said that they wanted to make him better because he was black and they wanted a black to succeed in the NFL even thou the majority of the NFL is black. I think that if we just eliminated affirmative action that we could go on and everyone would be treated equally.

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