The ethnic group to which I belong is African American once known as Colored, Negro and Black; over time the names were changed to create an illusion of acceptance by the American government. Many of my ancestors were brought to this country against their will and were forced into a live of slavery and oppression. Throughout time my people have been subject to racism, segregation, discrimination, colonization, and oppression that is still in existence to this date. For those are the practices this country was built upon.
All Men Are Created Equal
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” Quoted from the Declaration of Independence (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2009 ). Now as history progress we, the people of the United States have no choice but to question what “men” are created equal women during this time had not rights and Negroes were considered to be equivalent to three-fifths of the population. For every one white male vote it took 3 out of five Negroes vote to be counted as equal. Meaning one black man wasn’t even considered a whole person. The black or negro women were not included at all they were merely servants and tools of controlled reproductions and objects to be used and abused as the white man (Master) saw fit.
This document was just a contract to free the colonists of the United States from their European and British controllers giving them the autonomy to treat those who they believed to be subordinate and less worthy with utter disrespect, while creating and illusion of freedom and equality that’s is still being masked til this date.
The United States Constitution
The Preamble of the United States Constitution states “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”(Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2009 ) . Again we see the “we the people” is this the same “people” included in the “all men are created equal”. This has to be part of the illusion because during these times my ancestors were not granted the same rights as white men and women. My ancestors were still considered servants, slaves and less than human and were treated as such.
This contract was to serve as the “Laws of the land”, however because, again the confusion of the illusion created such an controversy throughout the, what was considered to be during these times, a colonized nation, amendments had to added to protect the practices of the illusion of equality. As time past and history was made giving women and blacks equal voting rights the disillusions of equality became bigger issues for the powers that be. So again the question was how can we rectify this issues without exposing the blatant and obvious prejudices. The answer was the “Emancipation Proclamation” the contractual agreement to free the slaves, on paper. There is a pattern developing here that is also still in existence til this date. If it looks good on paper it will satisfy and distract the people from the original purpose which is to divide and conquer.
Once we became “free” and began to seek equality there were theories created to program the minds of citizens that my people could be nothing more than slaves or servants because we were made that way. For example theories created on the make up and features of criminals one theory the “trait theory says that “Criminal activity in males, for example, has been linked to hormones—specifically
testosterone, which controls secondary sexual characteristics (such as the growth of facial and pubic hair) and has been linked to traits of aggression”(Gaines, L. & Miller, R. L. 2006) . How ironic that these are the same characteristics to which my people were prejudged for because they differed from those of the Law makers, powers that be who, by their actions could be characterized as psychopath (people who have had somehow lost her or his “humanity”: the ability to control criminal impulses or to understand the consequences of her or his decisions) and because they are the ones that create the rules they can hide behind these theories because they won’t be blamed for their criminal activity, my people will. So by instilling fear in the people of America they automatically ostracized the African American ethnic group. They created laws to keep us from having the same opportunities on professional, educational and social level. However they, to cover up the cruel intentions, came up with programs such as affirmative action, standardize testing and no child left behind to show the world they are making it possible for us to receive equal opportunities but we just can’t measure up to their standards that’s where the statistics come in to place. It’s all a game.
In conclusion I would like to say yes my people have been and continue to be victims of oppression, regression and suppression in order to keep us from progressing. And until the powers that be are exposed for who they truly are we will continue to be the ethnic group at the bottom of the totem pole. No one wants to talk about what once was how we were in Africa enjoying the jewels, relying on nature for food, rain and comfort when along came the psychopaths, powers that be who robbed us of our riches, enslaved us and stole everything that made us who were are. Leaving us lost and confused while they set us up and make the world think we are lazy, dumb criminals without a purpose.
Gaines, L. & Miller, R. L. (2006). Criminal justice in action: The core (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (2009). Declaration of Independence. Retrieved September 27, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Constitution
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (2009). United States Constitution. Retrieved September 27, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Constitution