The effect of slavery is has its negatives and positives. The positives come from blacks wanting to prove white people wrong and actually make something out of their lives which caused them to work hard. But even working hard didn’t change what the whites thought about them. The negatives were discrimination, less opportunities, being treated bad, and being looked down on. The things that blacks had to go through as a race was extremely crucial. No one should have to go through or experience the things that they did.
The Thirteenth Amendment freed black slaves in the U.S, however, as a race we still suffered. The racial comments, thoughts, actions, and mindsets of whites did not change immediately. Blacks were still neglected by society and dealt with discrimination. They were freed physically but not mentally. Whites still felt like blacks were inferior to them and they were born to serve them. So many laws were passed to protect blacks after slavery, the physically pain was over but as a race blacks still had to deal with negatives.
Unfortunately, slavery is the “heart of conflict” between white and blacks. Slavery still had a big influence on blacks even after emancipation. The Union Army even encourage blacks to go back become a slave again to avoid the discrimination that they would face. I don’t think I would be willing to go back and work for anybody but what can I do if no one is willing to help me? It was hard for them to find a job, a place to live, and reunite with their family. Its almost like they went from being slaves to complete bums. They were basically forced to deal with the hardships of being a slave or be set free with nothing at all, which reminds me of the NFL lockout!
Professional football players are expected to accept the way they are treated because of the amount of money they are paid. Slaves may have not of been paid a lot of money if any for the work they did but their had to accept the way their were being treated. After the emancipation some slaves choice to go back and some slaves choice to go try and live on their own. At the time slaves did have a choice just like football players have a choice to quit the team. People always seem to bring up the fact that Adrian Peterson could just quit, however, its irrelevant because after the Thirteenth Amendment slaves had a choice as well.
As many years went by things began to become better for Blacks in the US. Racism still exist but not as much as it did after slavery ended. The black community is given more opportunities to work, own a house, live peacefully. However, because racism still exist blacks still face more discrimination then any other race. Personally, I believe white men still feels superior to have a black person working for them. The perfect example will be football.
All the team owners are white an 72% of NFL players are black, which are more then have half. Professor Hodges made a good point he said, “wealthy white men still gather in rooms to decide how many times a year to put their mostly black players onto the field to put on a show for the fans.” They are rich due to the black players performance on the field. How is it that they make more money then the players who work hard to play the game? I’m not saying that they shouldn’t be paid, however, I am saying they should not be making more than the players!
I can not think of anything to describe the labor of the NFL and what the players go through but “slavery by another name”. The team owners have just as much power has a slave owner did. I agree with our former President George Bush, he described slavery as “one of the greatest crimes of history.” These people should not get away with this hidden from of slavery. The NFL should actually be investigated, in which they were but I still feel as though some changes need to be made.
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