Black Progress in America

by Duchess Magazine

African Americans are mostly the descendants of the people enslaved and brought in from their African homelands for forceful labour. These people were limited in their rights such as a rightful share in the economic, social, and political progress of the United States. Through it all, they have made lots of notable contributions to American history.

By 21st century, the country which comprises more than 36 million had more than half of its population as African Americans. They resided in the South. Only ten Southern states alone had black populations of over 1 million. African Americans were also found in the largest cities, with over 2 million  in New York and over 1 million in Chicago while Detroit, Philadelphia, and Houston has between 500,000 and 1 million.

Racial feud grew in late 19th century throughout the United States, a host of it happened in the Southern parts of the United States as people in the south, blamed their financial challenge on the  slaves who just got freed and lived around them. Gruesome killings became a trend in resolving some of the anger that whites had against the then ‘free’ blacks.

Reports have it that in 1940, 60 percent of employed black women were employed as domestic servants but events have changed, as over 60 percent now hold white-collar jobs.

As at 1958, 44 percent of whites insisted they would rather move should a black family became their next door neighbour.

In1964, same year the great Civil Rights Act was passed,18 percent of whites said they had a friend who was black unlike now when the percentage has risen to 86 while 87 percent of blacks pointed out that they have white friends.

There came a radical and shocking shift when Barack Hussein Obama got inaugurated as the 44th President of the USA on 20 January 2009, after a record-breaking campaign that made him the first African-American President of the United States of America.

In the September, a little while before the election, Obama made another record having raised a total fundraising of $605 million (£332.9 million). When it was time to vote, Over 136 million voters turned out on election day, which made the most turnout since 1960 with more than two million in Washington, DC for his inauguration.

Barrack Obama was not only elected into presidency in 2008, he was also reelected in 2012, a myth that many have still not recovered from.

He still remains the first ever and only African American to rise to that office.

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