For all the greatness of the United States,(and yes, this is a very great country) the unfortunate reality is that race problems and bigotry in the US are major problems that have never really been solved. The sad truth is that this country was founded at a time when black people were held as slaves in the Southern states, forced to work the plantations there for no pay and with no freedom. The problem was so entrenched, and so volatile at the time of the nation’s founding, it just couldn’t be resolved. And so, the founding fathers wrote the constitution, which pledges liberty and equality for all, without addressing the fact that black people were denied those rights. The issue was kicked down the road for later generations to deal with.
A New Era of Bigotry
The issue, of course, came to a head during the Civil War, as the issue of slavery threatened the unity of the United States. Abraham Lincoln lead the country bravely through that dark time, and was assassinated by those who were angry over his leadership. For all of that, today, the issue of freedom and civil rights for all people has still not been resolved.
One doesn’t have to study a lot of racial equality articles to know that something is amiss in our country today. Today, Donald Trump is in the White House, and the Trump administration is going out of its way to spread the dark ideas of bigotry and racism and make these ideas acceptable. Given that Dr. Martin Luther King was also assassinated as he worked to bring civil rights to all people, it’s a terrible shame that these ugly ideas are once more with us.
Today, we see the specter of racism coming up again and again in reports of police brutality against young black men and women, and even in the idea that black athletes can’t be allowed to peacefully protest the national anthem at football games. The big question all this brings up is, “Has America learned from its past mistakes?” It’s a serious question and a big question, and right now the answer is unclear.