1960s Dbq Essay

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Maya Angelou once said, “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” She meant that when prejudice was a major issue in the past it can still threaten our future and leaves the present to the new generations. Leaves the prejudice, racism and current issue to us, lets us do the changing in the world. During the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s people have been prejudice and have been changing the way the world was at the time. While doing this, racism was forming and more current issues started. The injustices started to reveal themselves to the public. By that time, everyone believed in segregation. Then the boycotts began. The stage sit in at the “whites only” counter, the …show more content…

Source A argues that disparities between blacks and whites have been appalling in court. According to Source A, “If a black person kills a white person, they are twice as likely to receive the death sentence as white person who kills a black person” (2). This reveals that a black person has a higher rate of receiving the death sentence when tried for murdering a white person. If a white person is tried for a killing of a black person they have a 50% chance of getting the death sentence, then that means that a black person would receive a 100% chance of getting the death sentence for killing a white person. Some implications that can be drawn from this evidence is that courts are not fair almost anywhere you go. It seems that either the jury could be prejudice or the judge, and this is a very serious issue involving racism. This statistic shows that even any place like a court or trial can be unfair. When a trial is supposed be blind, people shouldn’t prosecute someone based on their race, gender or looks. This is what happens when racism is a major issue in our country and many other places , and that needs to …show more content…

They could suggest that there are many examples of interracial marriage, so since it's normal in America it can’t be a example for racism in American communities. According to Source C, “[I]n 1958 a mere 4 percent of Americans approved of interracial marriage. By 2013 that number had grown to 87 percent” (1-2). Honestly, this number seems very big in 2013 compared to the small amount in 1958. Even though 87% is a big number for people approving interracial marriage, it still argues that 13% of people in America don’t approve. Now 13% might seem like a small number to most people since there are 319 million people in America, and you would think that 13% couldn’t harm anybody, but it harms everyone. Source B states, “Fully one quarter of whites said [that if a family member were to marry a black person] they would oppose to such a marriage in 2008.” This proves that through the time between 1958-2013, 2008 had one quarter of white people who disagreed with interracial marriage. That’s 49 million people not approving in interracial marriage. Thats a lot of people in just America even if it's only just 49 million. Again someone could argue that 49 million out of 319 million is no’t a whole lot, and that 15% of white Americans notthat didn’t agreeing with a black person and white person getting married does no’t count as racism. That is absolutely wrong. Therefore, racism remains a profound issue in

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