Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird shows how racism affected people in the 1930’s and how terrible people were treated. Since then, things have changed and racism is not a problem. Racism has changed drastically since the 1930’s; now we do not have a big problem compared to how big of a problem it was in the 30’s. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, we learn how racism affected people, now, things have changed and racism doesn’t affect people as much, because race is a social construct, is not as relevant today and we have developed acceptance of every race. Now, race has changed, but even back in the 1930’s, race had to be taught.
The civil rights movement changed lives for millions of African- American people all over. These are some causes and effects of the civil rights movement, unfair laws and freedom then there is the discrimination the good effect is that the are getting accepted for who they are. The first cause I will be talking about is how there were unfair laws and freedom. According to the autobiography “Leon’s Story” If an African American is in the front of the line the white people could just walk in front and get checked out first. White people could get away with murder and assault with no consequences what so ever.
The Booker T. Washington model involves helping the black community by intercepting the white community. By climbing through the white community and finding success, they are able to have the power to bring some triumphs to the black community. The W. E. B DuBois model does not uphold the traditional rules that kept the the white community in power. This model deals with destroying the system the places the black community at a disadvantage to the white community. Bledsoe is associated with the Booker T. Washington model and often comes under scrutiny for being too compliant while others are fighting for immediate equality and not just small victories here and there.
Since then only 9 other black people have served in the senate (Ibid). The Congress and the Senate are making laws that restrict black people’s rights. This situation is similar to when the GOP voted on reducing women’s reproductive rights. There were men voting on the topic (Fulton, Deirdre – Common Dreams). Men do not have the same reproductive systems as women.
There is data that has been collected from 2002 to 2015 that reveals how many Black, Latino, and White people in New York that were stopped and frisked. Throughout those 13 years, approximately 5 million were stopped and interrogated and about 9 out of every 10 stopped were innocent. Not only that, but Blacks accounted for roughly 50 percent of those stopped and Latinos made up approximately 30 percent, while Whites made up about 10 percent. (Stop-and-Frisk Data) Since this clearly demonstrates that stopping random people because of “suspicious activity” is ineffective, why keep doing it? Nearly everyone that they stop is innocent and is thus wasting the victim’s time and also the money that funds these stops.
For instance, it can portray the Whites more positively than the Blacks. In this case, it is racial stereotyping. Catergorising the Blacks as the inferior one because in the past, they were sold to slavery and thus shunning away from them is a racial stereotype of the Blacks. The media can also affect stereotypes by portraying the Blacks more negatively as compared to the Whites. For instance, in 42, there are separate toilets for Whites and Blacks.
Racial minorities in America face discrimination despite the effort for equal rights. From the color of your skin, to the way you dress, to your religion. Even though America has progressed significantly after a few decades, people are constantly being discriminated in America for minimal reasons. Racism exists everywhere, all around actually. Even in our criminal legal system, a man of color is 6 times as likely to be convicted, and a Hispanic is 2.3 times more likely.
In the North, blacks encountered de facto segregation, racism, and discrimination in housing and public services; nevertheless, they were able to vote and had better job opportunities. In the South, blacks were disfranchised, lived under a segregationist regime enforced by violence, and found fewer avenues for escape from crushing poverty"(Leuchtenburg, William). Because of all this Roosevelt felt bad for the African Americans and therefore he wanted to help all of them. since he offered to help them, they began to trust him and believe in him, that he can get their rights. Roosevelt never thought it was right for the African Americans to get treated the way they did.
Woodson challenges the meaning of the educated Negro. He claims that the educated Negro often removes himself from the black community and is brainwashed by whites; to view their race as inferior. The author points out Negros desire high paying job that require minimum skills, he argues foreigners come to America and become more successful than African American because of the white privilege that doesn’t favor black. This mean newcomer from other countries have a better chance of having a good life compared to blacks because the American system controlled by whites prevent them from being successful. Dr. Piper spoke about intersectionality, white privilege, and its effects on society.