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Prejudice And Racism In The 1930's

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Racism has been a prominent dilemma from as far as the 18th century to today. We’ve made many improvements from the 1930s to today but we aren’t finished yet. By definition, racism is the prejudice, discrimination or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. Racism and discrimination caused African Americans to be treated as inferiors and second class citizens. Throughout time, this led them to fear white people and what they could do to them. Segregation plays a major role in racism. In the 30s, segregation was supported by the legal system. There were separate signs designating where whites and blacks could go. People challenged the laws saying it contradicted the 14th amendment that everyone was equal. This led to the court system…show more content…
They were known for many things like hanging, murdering, raping, and lynching African Americans. Between 1924 and 1925 alone, they lynched 135 people. In the 1920s their group consisted of 4 million people. By the 30s, their numbers decreased rapidly due to the Great Depression which in turn increased the African American population. In the novel, it showed how people didn’t wait for a jury to decide the solution to their problems. Instead they went out and handled it themselves. In this case, a group of people came together to kill Tom Robinson who was being accused of rape by Mayella Ewell. The development of lynch mobs originated from the Ku Klux Klan so it was still quite frequent during this time. They fortunately didn’t go through with it, thanks to Atticus and his children. Racism in today’s society is definitely not as brutal and fearful as it was back then. I think that our nation has made many improvements of our time. I don’t think there will be a time in this world where it will completely be erased. Throughout history racism has just changed forms. Though it may not be in your face, it is the quiet kind that no one
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