Discrimination In The Civil Rights Era

664 Words3 Pages
Rand Paul once said “The government has a history of not treating people fairly, from the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II to African-Americans in the Civil Rights era.”(Brainy Quotes). In Louisiana, receiving equal rights was probably considered impossible in the 1960’s. Segregation was insurmountable to escape; everywhere you turned there were signs stating “Whites Only” or “Colored Entrance”. The blacks, although citizens of the United States, were still separated unfairly. Citizens that did nothing to deserve the discrimination they drew in by others were ridiculed for the color of their skin, the way they were born. “All men are created equal”, which is stated in the Declaration of Independence, must have been completely ignored in the 1960’s. On the day of February 11, 1953, Rev. T. J. Jemison addressed the Baton Rouge city council. He brought to their attention the recently increased fares on city buses and the reserving of seats for white passengers in front of the buses. After the bus boycott ended, segregation was finally declared unconstitutional after the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott that loosely used the tactics used in Baton Rouge. While the Baton Rouge boycott lasted only two weeks, it set protest standards high, and is still growing in recognition as an amazing modern American civil rights movement. If…show more content…
A sit-in is a form of peaceful protesting, using no violence what so ever. In March the Board of Education sent out a message stating that any students who took place in a sit-in would face “stern disciplinary action”. These sit-ins performed were probably the most effective method of protesting used. By using the sit-ins, African Americans proved that even though they were infuriated at the fact they couldn’t vote they could be peaceful about it. The sit-in’s helps show to other African Americans that violence was not the answer in winning the right to
Open Document