In The Bluest Eye the majority of it is taken place in Lorain Ohio in the year of 1941, before there were any MLK movements so racism and oppression were still at large. More specifically they lived in a suburban town made of mostly black communities with few white people. The main characters all have pretty bad living conditions. This is due to the cycle of oppression, they started off in a bad place and kept giving and receiving comments that made them seem insignificant. For example Pecola got harassed by school boys, “Black e mo.
After the British and French war, Peters’s family, hundred members of the Black Guides and Pioneers evacuated from New York to Nova Scotia. However, “in Nova Scotia the dream of life, liberty, and happiness became a nightmare. Some 3,000 ex-slaves found that they were segregated in impoverished villages, given small scraps of often untillable land, desprived of rights normally extended to British subjects, and reduced to peonage by a white population whose racism was as congealed as the frozen winter soil of Nova Scotia.” (Nash 7). At this new place, African Americans were treated really badly. The whites would call out African Americans by saying racist things and not accept them more than slaves.
Between 1986 and 1992, almost 1.2 million African Americans were affected by poverty, by falling below the poverty line (Lusane 404). Racial discrimination and police brutality had been a reality for African Americans, but those in suburban areas did not accept what was happening. At the time, the police chief, Daryl Gates employed the use of an aggressive
Grace Vaughn Mrs. Gumina English III Hour 1 4 April 2016 Title “Overall, the percentage of black residents in Kansas City — which rose from 17.5 percent in 1960 to 31 percent in 2000 — has now dropped to 29 percent” (As Whites Flock to Kansas City, Blacks Pick the Suburbs 1). Segregation in Kansas City has been a problem for decades. One of the biggest problems in the 1940’s-1960’s is segregation in neighborhoods. This is one of the biggest concerns because it concerns where people eat, go to school, go to work, and many other aspects of their lives. African Americans were forced to live east of Paseo and all white people lived to the west of it.
a. Government policies turned black neighborhoods into overcrowded slums as a result white families came to associate African Americans with slum characteristics. Worst of all, white homeowner then fled when African Americans moved nearby, fearing their new neighbors would bring slum conditions with them. – (The Making of Ferguson, Richard Rothstein, http://prospect.org/article/making-ferguson-how-decades-hostile-policy-created-powder-keg) b. Government sponsored dual labor market that made suburban housing less affordable for black.
Later in history, other key factors were responsible for maintaining these inequities. One example of this is "the color line." The color line refers to policies that were implemented with the purpose of segregating African Americans following emancipation. The color line refers to the reservation of desirable employment opportunities for white individuals (Rogers, 2011). Enforced restrictions such as the color line kept minorities in poverty, and with little to no financial assistance, people of color were often left hopeless.
Jim Crow Laws were laws that enforced racial segregation primarily in the South of the United States. Many people of color were treated poorly in the south between 1877 and the mid 1960’s. Jim Crow symbolized anti–black racism and has been marked as a horrible moment in history. Jim Crows seemed to be more than just laws it started to be a way of life. African Americans were treated as second class citizens.
When the Baltimore riots took place everyone around the world not just in Maryland started pointing fingers towards the black people. However, it was just the African race getting blamed when multiple races were involved in the riots. The riots took place because of innocent black people were being killed for example Freddy Gray was killed in the back of a patty wagon. Mr. Gray was put into the vehicle alive and well but when they went to take him out he was unresponsive. Alton Sterling would be another perfect example of police brutality against the African race.
Segregation is an injustice towards blacks. Injustice is a lack of fairness or justice. Segregation is the separation of humans, according to their race or color. Segregation started in 1849 and lasted until 1950, this time was often called “The Segregation Era”. Many colored people hated the fact of being separated but only a few took a stand and did something about it.
American history is filled with many racism stories. Many times discrimination happens for no reason other than the color of a person’s skin. In August 1955, a fourteen year old African American boy named Emmett Till and his cousin Cursi took a trip to visit relatives in Mississippi. He had dealt with segregation in his hometown of Chicago, but nothing compared with the extreme hate crimes that occur in Mississippi. The way he died made many people changed the way they think of racial issues.