Friday, February 1, 2008

Civil Rights Act of 1875

This week in my history class I was assigned to write a paper about the “Civil Rights Act of 1875” and explain the reason why it was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. It really got my attention because the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional this law. The reason why it was declared unconstitutional was because they did not wanted people of color interacting with “whites” and concluding that they were not violating the laws that already existed, informing to people that they were going to be “separate but equal”. When this period concludes, slavery and racism were out of the system. The nation was declared free. Now my point here is, I was thinking about the presidential elections and how people is criticizing the candidates because one of the candidates is a women and another candidate is a man of color. I think in some point it is an act of racism, because there are some people who are pointing out how the nation would be if they have a woman as a president or a man of color. I don’t know if you are taking my point here, but concluding with this I don’t think is right the way we behave as humans, why if there is a paper a legal paper that says “everyone is equal” we don’t accept everyone as the way they are. First of all no one is perfect, no one is going to have the same color of eyes, skin, hair, etc. but we have one thing in common we are humans and we were brought to the world to be friendly and interact with others not to hurt us. And I really hope that one day, before other thing happen in the world, the feeling of superiority and racism end.

1 comment:

Oscar Veliz said...

And it is interesting how in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas the Supreme Court stated that "separate but equal is inherently unequal" so you can see how things have changed.

Yet skin color and gender are always issues and you can't help be racist and say Obama is black and you can't help being sexist and say Hilary is a woman because humans are judgmental by nature. You make your first impression of someone within 5 seconds of meeting them. You look at how they dress, how they have their hair, their shoes, their smell, their accent, their posture, their sex, their skin color, their body language and already you've formed a picture in your mind about this person without ever really meeting someone. It is the same with political candidates.