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Tracking the History of Oppression and Its SetbacksAs a young black woman in the 21stcentury, I struggle to comprehend the remnants of slavery and its evolution to present day racism and oppression. Though minorities now live among whites, that doesn’t mean it is an all-around peaceful co-existence. The mind propels our actions so a white man suppressing discriminatory thoughts still has the potential to do what has once been done. However, even with white man’s attempts to oppress the African American and black community, they have mistaken that blacks, too, are humans who are just as able to think and thrive on their own.Our most recent struggle is the current battle to end police brutality and receive equality, an entity longed for hundreds of years. As for police brutality and racial profiling, The future of America’s ability to improve in colorblindness in terms of profiling is truly in the hands of both the victims and government officials. Now that the nation is more aware of racial profiling, victims can’t prevent it but can be prepared for the possibility of it happening. Rather than running away or getting ready to fight back, prospective victims should cooperate. Though cooperation may seem like succumbing to the unjust system, it can ensure one’s life. However, years before blacks and whites could live amongst each other without daily contention, fighting against the unjust system could’ve been life or death but if achieved, it could’ve been a life worthliving.The film, “The Tracker”, is an indie movie that was produced in Australia and was released in 2002. This story takes place in 1922 and in Australia where slavery had a different name and meaning. We easily associate slavery with Africa and America but never would turn aneye on Australia. From the 1840’s through the 1970’s, Australia was tainted by slavery and they worked hard in a variety of industries. When the first slaves stepped foot in Australia from the
South Sea, they were used as shepherds in New South Wales. However, due to maltreatment and the frigid weather, they died not long after their arrival. Across the globe, America’s Civil War was occurring between 1861 and 1865 and cut off majority of the world’s cotton supply. Due to the lack of cotton production, Australian slaves were then utilized for the production of cotton plantations in Queensland. It’s also noted that from 1842 to the early 1900s, boys and men were being captured, as well as women, and forced to work on sugar plantations. Until about the 1970’s, Aboriginal people were also being taken from their homes and worked on properties withcattle and sheep which, under the colonial and state government, was supposedly in hopes to protect the Aboriginals. In the movie, “The Tracker” himself is a key example of the mistreatment that occurred in Australia. Though he was not a slave, there was a sense of disrespect and dehumanization bestowed upon him that was very evident. It was clear, that the

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