Reconstruction & African American Rights – Vasquez

Line of Separation

Line of Separation

This drawing shows that there is a line that is dividing all races into inequality. This invisible but clear line we have is taking away the innocent and bringing the worst out of everyone today.
In today’s society there might be freedom but there is no equality. Yes, we all have our rights, but do you think everyone is treated the same? I believe Reconstruction was not successful due to the discrimination based on our skin color.
For example, a white male attended a protest in Chicago, May 2020. The man was armed with a rifle, pointing it at the faces of protesters. The man was only asked by police to leave the area. The armed man was not charged or arrested after putting the lives of the protesters in danger. In another case, in Ohio, November 2014, a 12 year old African-American child, Tamir Rice, was playing in a park with a toy gun. The police were called and Tamir was shot and killed by a police officer, no chance to speak, not even to raise his hands. The police men did not treat the two equally. The white male should have been arrested for carrying a rifle. The 12 year old African-American boy was shot while holding a toy gun, no questions were asked, no arrests were made. The police failed in both cases, one, to see that the white male was a threat and two, to see that the African-American boy was not.
Another example, an African-American man, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a white-male police officer, Darren Wilson, for stealing from a convenient store. There were no arrests and no fair trial for Brown. The same police officer that killed Michael Brown, officer Wilson, had a mother that was detained for stealing multiple times. She was dismissed by the judge on several occasions and never went to jail for her crimes. This shows that the African-American man was not treated equally as the white female.
As shown in the examples that I’ve chosen, I do not believe that Reconstruction was successful because inequality continues to be an issue in the U.S. today.
– Natalia Rodriguez Vasquez