Lately, I have been seeing many threads about how whites are racist and thought I would contribute something to the matter. It is not uncommon to hear
minorities make comments about white racism or discrimination. Comments such as: I was fired because I was (insert race or ethnicity), they only hire
white people, White people get all the best jobs, they are keeping me down, I was stopped because of my color and I am sure many of you can plug in
similar comments. Although I can’t personally vouch whether every comment like these deserve merit, I do have to wonder whether some of these
comments are just exaggerated to avoid self responsibility. After all, we aren’t living in the 1950’s anymore and Americans of all colors have
more opportunities than ever before to be somebody in life.
Is the white man really the root of all cause or the boogey man some minorities paint them out to be?
My answer is simply NO.
Although I am 100% sure there are racist whites, I am also 100% sure there are racist people from every color. However, I do believe minorities should
be thankful for the good deeds that whites have done to advance the rights of minorities. Sometimes, as humans, we tend to focus more on the bad
This thread will show some of the contributions that whites have made over the years toward equality for minorities. Although one could debate the
many reasons behind why such legislation was passed or judicial decisions were made, the fact remains that white men chose to agree and pass the
legislation or make decisions. It should also be noted that even though certain legislation passed or judicial decisions made to protect minorities,
minorities still had to deal with mistreatment from whites who saw things differently. Minorities still faced beatings, poll taxes, lynching’s,
During the early 1860’s to 1880’s, the US Congress was overwhelmingly made up of white men. It was at this time that several pieces of legislation
were passed pertaining to discrimination in an effort to protect the rights of minorities.
The 13th amendment on Janurary 31, 1865.
in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, is ratified. "Neither slavery nor involuntary
servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place
subject to their jurisdiction.
The Civil rights Act of 1866.
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 granted citizenship and the same rights enjoyed by white citizens to all male persons in the United States "without
distinction of race or color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude."
President Andrew Johnson's veto of the bill was overturned by a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress, and the bill became law.
The 14th Amendment on July 9, 1868.
On July 28, 1868, the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The amendment grants citizenship to "all persons born or
naturalized in the United States" which included former slaves who had just been freed after the Civil War.
The Fifteenth Amendment on February 3, 1870.
Following its ratification by the requisite three-fourths of the states, the 15th Amendment, granting African-American men the right to vote, is
formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution. Passed by Congress the year before, the amendment reads, "the right of citizens of the United States to
vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." One day
after it was adopted, Thomas Peterson-Mundy of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, became the first African American to vote under the authority of the 15th
The Ku Klux Klan Act in April 20, 1871.
On April 20, 1871, at the urging of President Ulysses Grant, Congress passed the Ku Klux Klan Act. Also known as the third Enforcement Act, the
bill was a controversial expansion of federal authority designed to give the federal government additional power to protect voters.
The last biracial U.S. Congress of the 19th century passed the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It protected all Americans, regardless of race, in their
access to public accommodations and facilities such as restaurants, theaters, trains and other public transportation, and protected the right to serve
on juries. However, it was not enforced, and the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in 1883.
Kate Brown, an African American, filed a lawsuit against a railroad company under the civil rights act of 1875. She worked in the US Senate and
supervised the ladies retiring room which required her to take care of the white women when they took breaks during visits. In 1868, she boarded a
train to go home on an emergency. She got on the white ladies section of the train and was told to get off and go to the color section when an officer
spotted her. She refused the order and the officer roughed her up pretty good. She won her case in a lower court and the decision was appealed by the
railroad company. In 1873, the Supreme Court upheld the lower courts decision.
A Supreme Court that was all white.
In the Court Majority opinion, Justice Davis declared that the condition “no person shall be excluded from the cars on account of color”
would be interpreted as all races must be able to use the same car at the same time
In 1870, the Mississippi State Senate in a vote of 85-15 sent the first African American, Hiram Rhodes Revels, to the US Senate. At the same time,
South Carolina elected the first African American, Joseph H. Rainey, to the US House of Representatives. Given the time period and the attitude toward
blacks, these two minorities would not have had success without the help or tolerance of white men who were predominantly the voters. Both African
Americans were Republicans.
The first African American elected to the U.S. Senate was Hiram Rhodes Revels, who in 1869 filled the seat vacated by Confederate President
Also in 1869, fellow Republican Joseph H. Rainey became the first black member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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