Racial Discrimination In The 1950s

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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. After World War ll ended, the national economy is doing well. Rates of unemployment were low and wages were high. Middle-class blacks and whites had more money to spend, and they could be equal based on what they are earning. Everyone was doing their best to fulfil the American Dream. Even if the blacks earned enough and could afford to buy a suburban house, they would either be denied by laws or society to fully assimilate into the neighbourhood. The blacks…show more content…
The Civil Rights Movement was seen as the beginning of racial integration. In 1948, President Truman abolished racial discrimination in the Armed Forces when Executive Order 9981 was issued. Key figures like Civil rights activist Rosa Parks spurred a city-wide boycott that led to the segregation laws to be lifted. With the various laws lifted and rights of the minorities restored, this levels the playing ground for both the blacks and whites in trying to achieve the American Dream. Thus, the American Dream indirectly contributed to racial integration, first by stopping segregation, removing unjust laws and policies in place that were basically unfavourable to the blacks. Integration can then occur when segregation
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