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The book "Cane River" allows the reader to see how terrible life really was for the African Americans.

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Ashley Meehan Pd. 3 Mrs. Skivo Essay # 2 The book "Cane River" allows the reader to see how terrible life really was for the African Americans. Being born an African American into a life where the power of the white man was everything, they were forced to do as they were told, and they were always being told to "know their place". From when they were born they were poor, and had nothing but still had plenty to lose. The start of racism is unknown, but it is something that has been affecting society and bringing down our country for centuries. Even though it has gotten better over the years it is still a huge issue in society today. ...read more.


This is when they should have been fighting back but, many people, like Emily, were still too scared. In 1955, Rosa Parks knew it was time to stick up for herself; it was time for change. She was tired of being pushed around, and she wasn't going to take it anymore. This was about 20 years after Emily died. Even 20 years later things really hadn't changed that much. The black people had their own schools, stores, and restaurants, but were still treated like they were nobody. They were forced to sit in the back of the bus, and if there were not enough seats they were forced to stand. ...read more.


It amazes me that in 2003 that people still can't face the reality of change and the diversity in the United States, because if they did it would make our country so much stronger. It would eliminate hate crimes, such as the ones done to the white men in the story. News reporters and writers continue to report stories of discrimination and racism. Society is not setting good examples for the children of the United States to learn from. As Americans we can't even communicate and work together so how can we be likely to communicate and work with other nationalities. How can we expect to run our country on our own, forty to fifty years from now? We need to stick together and work to form a strong society instead of continuing to tear our communities apart. ...read more.

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