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Race in my community 1 Running Head: RACE IN MY COMMUNITY Race in My Community By: Lee Hannah Axia College of University of Phoenix March 6, 2011 Instructor/ Jerry Knight ETH/125
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Race in my community 2 Abstract I live in a small town called Wadley that is located in Georgia. The current population as of July 2009 was 1,934 people. My town is made up of three races: Whites, African Americans, and Mexicans. Here in Wadley, there are approximately 1,312 African Americans, 194 Whites, and 132 Mexicans. Even though we are supposed to all be equal, there is still some form of prejudice and discrimination.
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Race in my community 3 Race in my community African Americans Life for African Americans has not always been easy. African Americans have faced migrations, prejudice, and racism over the years. African Americans started their lives in America because of forced migration from Africa. The first forced migration was the transatlantic slave trade which carried black people to America. The second was the internal slave trade which transported the black people from the Atlantic Coast to the inner of the American South. The third migration carried people from the south to the urban north (Berlin, 2005). In the last decades of the seventeenth century, slaves were imported directly from Africa and first landed in the Chesapeake in large number. Africans that were being shipped to the New World had to endure trauma of enslavement (Berlin, 2005). Africans were captured from the inner part of Africa. They faced a deadly march to the coast. Many slaves died on the march to the coast because of disease and some committed suicide by jumping overboard (Bigelow). The slave trade was a profitable venture. The more slaves that were transported to the New World on one ship, the more the traders made. African slaves were forced to board the ship naked and with no personal belongings and for the first time they met white men. These men used brandishing hot irons to mark their slaves. The Africans were chained together in pairs and were crammed by hundreds. They laid side by side in endless rows with no room to more or exercise and barely enough air to breathe (Bigelow). Enslaved Africans came to the conclusion that white men were devils (Berlin, 2005). Surviving that was just the test forced immigrants had to face. After being below deck for several weeks, shaking with apprehension, the slaves were
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