An Insight into Facts of Racism and its History

One of the leading issues in the world today is racism. It has caused many families to lose their loved ones, and it is all because of the hate that people spread. So, what racial discrimination is and how it started? Here we will be discussing all the facts about racism.

What is Racism?

Racism, Racialism, or Racial discrimination is the belief that human beings are divided into separate biological entities known as races. Most people believe that there is a link between different races, but most important things are different. These include the following physical traits:
– Personality
– Intellect
– Cultural behaviors
– Mortality and a lot of other things.

The real problem here is that several people consider that their races are superior to other races. It affects their economic, political, legal, and several other systems because of this racial discrimination.

The History of Racism

This discrimination started between 1525 and 1866 when almost 12.5 million were kidnapped from Africa and sent to America. It was a slavery trade that took two months for the journey. Out of the 12.5 million people, 10.7 million people were alive at the other end.

Since then, the black people were used as slaves, their colonies were the same, and they faced several human right violations. Until 2013 when the Black Lives Matter Movement was started on social media. Its reason was the death of a teen Trayvon Martin in 2012. Once again, the Black Lives Matter Movement started in 2020 when George Floyd was killed despite saying that he cannot breathe.

Important Facts you need to know about Racism and its History

When it comes to discrimination between different races, there are many facts that most people do not know about. Whether it is about the Black Lives Matter movement or the facts about the human rights violation, we will reveal some facts about racism and its history.

1. Racism is on top in America in the whole world, and most of the innocent people stopped by the police here are usually black who are targeted because of this discrimination.

2. In the United States alone, 15% of the total students enrolled were black, but 35% were suspended for once. Almost 44% were suspended more than once. Moreover, 36% of these students were expelled only because of their skin color without any reason or explanation by the institution.

3. People with darker skin do not usually get the best healthcare services worldwide, and other human rights violations also occur.

4. Most of the American citizens arrested are black, and once they are arrested, they are more likely to get convicted and get lengthy prison sentences.

5. In the case of drug consumption, people are at similar levels, but the black people are six times mostly arrested for it.

Final Remarks:

Racism is one of the leading issues humans face these days, which causes the death of many people and several human rights violations these days. Here we were discussing several facts about it and its history.

– written by The Moving Words in behalf of H. Ann Ackroyd

The Conviction of Derek Chauvin

In the pain of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the recent conviction of Derek Chauvin on the murder of George Floyd, it’s clear that the legacy of racial discrimination in America lives on…

For those interested in how that legacy got started, The Most Moving Book 2021 awardee, SLAVES, MASTERS AND TRADERS, by author H. Ann Ackroyd takes a unique perspective.

Slaves, Masters, and Traders: Winner in The Moving Words 2021 Award

Quoted from The Moving Words:

Sheridan, Wyoming, January 4, 2021 — It is with great pleasure to announce the grand winner of The Moving Words 2021 Award… From among the 16 entries, our three professional reviewer judges have unanimously voted for Slaves, Masters, and Traders by H. Ann Ackroyd as THE MOST MOVING BOOK.

Mike Ramos, General Manager of The Moving Words, said, “All the books we have reviewed have the moving contents in the sense that readers are galvanized to take action. However, Slaves, Masters, and Traders by H. Ann Ackroyd stands out from the rest. Vividly written as if you’re watching a movie, you might feel engrossed on a certain character that you have to do something about it in order to change the outcome… I hope with this award we have bestowed upon her will open the door of opportunities where her written works will someday be given a wide global attention and distribution both in print and film.”

“From all of us here at the management of The Moving Words, Warm Congratulations, Ann! You deserve the award! You are indeed one of the finest authors we have come encountered.”

Kirkus Reviews: Slaves, Masters and Traders by H. Ann Ackroyd

In the turmoil and pain of the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd’s death, it’s clear that the legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and human rights violation in America lives on. To know how that legacy got started, the book, Slaves, Masters and Traders by H. Ann Ackroyd, which got a critical acclaim from Kirkus, takes a unique perspective.

Kirkus, the world’s toughest book critic for self-published books, commended Ackroyd’s book:

Human bondage connects the lives of people on three continents in this sprawling saga of trans-Atlantic enslavement.

Ackroyd’s historical novel examines slavery in 1800 from the perspectives of dozens of perpetrators and victims. One plotline involves wealthy Scottish financiers of the slavery trade, including Aaron Migu, a businessman who outfits the schooner The Spirit of the Clyde; Stanley Staymann, a young nobleman with fantasies of owning enslaved people in America; and guilt-stricken George McCallum, who uses profits from selling human beings to support an abolitionist writer. A second thread follows inhabitants of Banyan Village on the West African coast, including 5-year-old Abebi; her mother, Efia; and her father, Thimba, a superlative hunter and closeted gay man. Europe and Africa collide on the Louisiana plantation of “the chevalier,” an aging patriarch who prefers André, his enslaved son by a concubine, to his other son and heir, Jacques; the latter conspires with his mother to poison the chevalier and humble André.

The three narrative threads come together when the Banyan villagers are kidnapped and shipped on the Spirit to New Orleans for auction just as Stanley arrives to take control of the chevalier’s plantation. Ackroyd’s panorama steeps readers in dense, colorful historical detail. There are a few anachronistic notions, though, as when an ethnomusicologist solicits “slave input on how to decorate the chapel using African motifs and crafts within a Christian framework.” The author pens gripping scenes of the horrors of the Middle Passage and the plantation’s cane fields, but her focus is also sociological, addressing Scotland’s class hierarchy as it confronts newfangled ideas about human rights; the intricacies of West African religion; and queasy contradictions of plantation society. Ackroyd’s prose sometimes feels didactic (“He now understands the word libertarianism….It means ‘rejecting institutional authority and replacing it with trust in individual judgment’ ”), but she often achieves lyricism that illuminates characters’ lives: “The hunters, knowing life is mere clothing for a spirit that never dies, give thanks to Gran Legbwa in a wild dance and song.”

An engrossing re-creation of the world of slavery, rich in social detail and psychological nuance.

OUR VERDICT: GET IT

– Kirkus Reviews

The Moving Words Review: ACROSS THE RIFT

Across the Rift: World War Two Novel in Rhythmic Prose (Colonial Historical Fiction Series) by H. Ann Ackroyd is set at the backdrop of World War 2 that explores the lives of the members of the same family living at different countries during the war.

It explores the impact of the war on them, the society and on people around. It builds on the theme of love, loss, hope, family, and redemption. It also investigates the similarities and differences of experience with changing locations, local politics and class. This exact narrative makes this book immensely compelling and utterly moving. It instigates your mind and provokes your thoughts. It makes you dissect the historical events through a completely unique lens.

Like her other books, the author has thoroughly researched on the topic before writing on it. That combined with her knowledge and understanding of the African heritage and culture, made reading it an experience in itself. The book will challenge your preconceived notions at every stage and completely consume you emotionally.

Another thing that makes the book stand out is the refreshing style of writing. It is written in a very different but nonetheless intriguing style that the author calls the ‘rhythmic prose’. It made my reading experience even more pleasant. Will definitely recommend this book to everyone.

– The Moving Words Review