From this letter you can see Tourgees clear use of the word “another” meaning that other Republican men were targeted and killed by the KKK all because they fought to have the South follow the same rules as the North. It was as though the KKK felt personally battered so they enjoyed doing to same to men that caused such emotions. Politics within the white community was not the only issue. As mentioned before African Americans did not get the political freedom that was actually granted to them not only because of their race and low standing but they were “ ‘unfitted for the proper exercise of political duties… blacks needed a period of probation and instruction’ “ (Document D). The idea of them being an unfit race who was in need of probation and instruction seemed to more closely relate to white Klansmen of the South.
With the rise of white supremacist groups and the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) the persecution of black Americans increased as their freedom was seen as a threat to white Americans. When ex-slaves would try to flee plantations and set up their own farms, they would be lynched or murdered. In 1867, a former slave owner in Tennessee said that they continued to whip, maim and kill black Americans as if slavery still existed. The amendments and acts did not make the perception of black Americans change, by law they were regarded as equal individuals who deserved equal treatment everywhere, but in society they were still regarded as inferior and animalistic, and laws and legislation in southern states were set up to continue that ideology. The ‘Plessy vs. Ferguson’ Supreme Court case approved the ‘separate but equal’ legal segregation.
Black people were expected to address white people as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” while white people were not expected to do the same. Many white southerners believed that black people were alright with the roles of inequality that were bestowed upon them. When the uprising of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s proved this not to be true, non-minorities rose up in resistance (Friedman, 62). The anti-civil rights non-minorities influenced the movement by inhibiting it. They fought against the rights African Americans had been fighting for for years.
He was changing the whole social structure of America, that is why he was assassinated. The people that were higher up on the social scale could not have minorities getting higher up and possibly bumping them down. belief that all men are equal, no matter what his skin color was. James Earl Ray was not to keen on this idea and so he killed Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an advocate for civil rights of blacks in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. Throughout history, there had been much tension between whites and blacks in the United States, especially in the South.
This is quite peculiar because in Maycomb County, blacks and whites are separated and whites usually despise colored folks. Atticus suffers many vigorous consequences by some of the townspeople. "Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life." (Lee 217) Mr. Ewell spat in Atticus' face, a disgusting and offensive thing to do. In the reader's mind one thinks of what a cruel demeaning act this is.
They're ugly, but those are the facts of life." (Lee, 220). This book is based on the 1930’s In Alabama one of the most prevalent racist states in the U.S, and this quote really puts that in perspective, cause even when a man’s life is on the line specifically a black man people, people would rather have the innocent black man put to death instead of the guilty white man which is truly sickening. Another example is this, the night Jem, Scout, and Dillion went to the Radley
“This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning-point in my career as a slave” (69). Douglass’s actions of fighting back against Mr. Covey set the tone of vindictive, disproved that all negroes should be ruled by their white masters. Douglass was tired of his master taking control over him, so he fought back against slavery.
Reconstruction caused prejudice and inequality. To elaborate, the creation of the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Codes were both in the time period of reconstruction, which caused chaos and violence throughout the Union. One of the goals of reconstruction was to repair the economy in the South, because it depended on slavery, which was now illegal, due to the thirteenth amendment. The South’s economic system now depended on Sharecropping, which caused former slaves to be in constant debt and was unjust to the black society. The reconstruction time period, was a time of dispute between the Union.
Literally it was a barrier where African Americans felt they could never truly be comfortable and express themselves. Additionally, white Americans also had a veil where they found difficulty in seeing blacks as whole Americans. They believed themselves to be superior in all facets of society such as predominance in belief systems and history. They viewed other races as inferior and dehumanised them. (Bois, 2005 ) Whites had a sense of privilege because of the injustices they created such as colonialism and the exploitation of other races for their own power (Bois, 2005