It is discussed that the lives of black American did not improve significantly as racism was entrenched in governments and white Americans, especially southerners. Although amendments and acts sought out to better the lives of black Americans, it did not mean they were immediately treated as equal and given rights. Black Americans had a very difficult life post-Civil War as the rest of America was not prepared to stop depriving them of their civil rights as it was beneficial to them to have black Americans kept under oppression. The abolition of slavery cost slave owners over $2 billion in property only. This severely impacted the economy as it was in crisis and white slave owners did not have any slaves to serve them on plantations.
Fences is a story that displays various life issues that have happened in real life. The problems that have been addressed throughout this story have to do with race, and poverty. Some of these issues have been done knowingly, and others have happened indirectly. Many of the problems that occurred were social norms back in the 1950’s, for example race because there was a lot of discrimination and disadvantages towards black people, which ultimately lead to poverty. Race was an obstacle in the process of acquiring a job for many black’s, which prevented them from supporting their families financially.
10. How do you think Jim Crow laws influenced life for African Americans and other racial/ethnic minority groups? Racial laws used against African Americans and other racial groups influenced their lives, because these people had to try and thrive in a society that was built against their success. Being that the law was on the opposite side, many other aspects of their lives failed to bring them any benefit. Segregation laws were made to scare blacks away from having the same opportunities as whites, or feeling equal to them after slavery was
Edmund Drago’s book provides a look into one of the first black educational institutions, The Avery Normal Institute in Charleston Virginia. This book discusses how this school was made too elitist, due in large part to the high-class nature of Charleston, Virginia, which segregated the students from the white people of the town as well as the black people of the town. They were separated from the white people because, while they were more elite than the common black citizen, and getting an education, they were also black, so many southern people did not want to socialize with them. Black citizens who did not attend the Avery Normal Institute were not fond of the students there because they struck them as too elitist. Drago’s argument is that the elite nature of this school allowed for the development of black leaders, who were crucial to the later transformation of the town and the destruction of racial barriers so many years later.
Since the beginning of American history, African Americans have had to deal with outright mistreatment and inferiority within society. During slavery, African Americans were completely stripped of their basic civil rights and liberties; they were not considered to be human. During the Civil Rights Movement, although African Americans had gained their freedom nearly a century ago, they still were not treated with dignity and respect, forced to advocate for the rights given to them as citizens of the United States. Because of the racism African Americans experienced, leaders such as David Walker and Martin Luther King organized efforts to help African Americans gain more respect and inclusion in American society. Both leaders had significant
The Compromise of 1877 led to a lack of control of the south that allowed the KKK to start their stream of terror Lynching was often well publicized and profitable. Living in fear was common for blacks at the time. This lead to the Great Migration, blacks started to move North moving into cities About 6 million blacks moved to the north hoping for jobs and a better life however in doing so they were treated with segregation. Segregation lead to black communities. These communities started to build churches and schools.
The individuals who were being victimized the most and the lack of justice the 1968 Fair Housing Act did were new to me. As stated in the ninth chapter, middle-class African-Americans were the ones being victimized by mob actions. In my mind, every African-American was being victimized. I did not take into consideration that only a select few African-Americans were able to have the opportunity to move into white neighborhoods. These African-Americans could afford the housing since they often had higher occupational and social status than their white counterparts.
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.
America in the 1950s was a time of considerable conflict. Racial issues like discrimination was a fight African Americans had been fighting against for a long time. There were inequality and injustice among the people just because they were born with a different coloured skin. The American Dream, which promises democracy and equality for everyone, does not seem to include everyone per se, to segregate instead of integrate. However, it seems with the American popular culture, such as baseball and music, the possibility of integration sounds more achievable.
Nelson Mandela and Martin King lived many similar situations which led to their great effort. Commonly, in the past, South Africa’s issues was based on the bad relationship between black and white people were the black people’s rights are completely oppressed. During apartheid, the government divided people into four racial groups and moved some of them, so the system was used to deny the black people rights and needs. For instance, non-white people must carry a special permission paper to give them the ability to work and live in specific areas, also people from different color cannot marry each other or even own a land in some areas which it was owned by white people. As the intolerant situation was spread in South Africa against black Africans, black people of the U.S.A in the 1960s faced the same cases.