After the Civil War ended, bringing freedom to enslaved African-Americans, they still had one more major social issue to fight, segregation. Segregation lasted from the end of the Civil War to the 1960s. During this time, the South and the North both faced segregation, but the South primarily faced the most racial tensions. This time frame in American history was known as the Jim Crow era. Additionally, African-Americans faced many hardships during this time, such as unclean bathrooms, unequal and separate water fountains, voting restrictions, and awful schooling compared to whites.
From mentioning slaves being treated from good to bad and being looked down upon for being a different race, this short story has mentioned numerous issues. This book discusses the issues of constructing social race in America and the division of races. Even though the United States has come a long way from slavery and the amount of hatred racism has brought up, there is still some work that needs to be attended
Racism is a topic still at the forefront of most political discussions to this day. Even though large strides have been made towards ending the racial divide, there is still a large amount of stereotypical behavior that can be seen. In examining the book “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” Moody’s outlook on different races, and Southern beliefs, it becomes clear that racism played and still plays an incredibly negative role on the lives of not only African Americans but all of those who are subject to this prejudice. In the book “Coming of Age in Mississippi” by Anne Moody she illustrates with her writing and offers a very interesting look at the prejudices seen by African Americans in the Southern United States around the time of Jim Crow laws. Often times in books and other reading surrounding racism the only outlook seen on these times is articles written by outsiders looking in.
It remains one of the most segregated metropolitan areas in the U.S. These divisions not only affect the social fabric of the region, but also contribute to negative health outcomes for families living in socially disadvantaged neighborhoods. (Goodman & Gilbert 28)”. Thus leading to segregation of the cities “Communities like St. Louis became segregated, in part, because of policies that supported the movement of white families from city centers into suburban areas (a phenomenon known as “white flight”) coupled with housing discrimination against African Americans. (Goodman and Gilbert 28)”.
After slavery, African Americans in the south were in a time of change. Though they were free from slavery, whippings, and auctions, I believe life became difficult for them even after slavery ended. Racism began to grow increasingly, as many could not accept the fact that there was no more slavery. It became stricter when the government in the South enforced laws called Black Codes. Those laws were set to grant only certain rights to people of color.
Although black people made great strides in reaching for equality in this decade, there were still many systems put in place that continue to disadvantage people of colour in the justice system. This time period normalized heavy black imprisonment, so that in the future this disparity was seen as the norm. This heavy incarceration was a way for white people in positions of power to continue to be in charge of black and hispanic people’s lives. In a way, the huge amounts of arrests of black and hispanic people over time was an attempt to reinstate state sanctioned slavery. This will be expanded further later, but it can be seen that the people who wished to continue white supremacy in the 1960 may have seen prisons as a way to do this without it being common
Jim Crow laws were the many state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the United States between the late 1870s and 1964. These segregation laws were enacted primarily by Democrats, many of whom were supporters of White supremacism both before and after the American Civil War. Jim Crow laws were more than just laws — they negatively shaped the lives of many African-Americans. After the Civil War and the outlaw of slavery, the Republican government tried to rebuild relations with African-Americans during the Reconstruction Era. They did so by passing laws that helped protect those who used to be slaves, also known as “freedmen”, as well as to those who were already free before the war in the South.
There is a tendency to view the racial segregation in American housing as the result of several local, uncoordinated decisions made in the past. Typically, Americans are told that once African American families began moving into a neighborhood, their prejudiced white neighbors would panic and start fleeing. This in turn led to plummeting property values, tax revenues, and a cycle of deteriorating neighborhoods that were in sharp contrast to those occupied by white residents. All of this taken together has some truth, but it is masking a far more important factor. For most of the twentieth century, racially discriminatory policies of federal, state, and local governments dictated where white and black citizens should and could live.
One of the most derogatory laws in the 19th century American history can be considered the Jim Craw laws regarding Afro-Americans. Due to this law, also called segregation law, between 1877 and 1950s, more precisely between the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of the civil rights movement in the South, Afro-Americans – or, as they were regarded as “persons of color” – were separated from white communities. Racial discrimination was the basis of any of the Jim Craw laws. Taking into account these laws, one should mention that they spread the attention to the interaction between white and black people, including playing in company with each other; marriages between white
Racial segregation was another problem of the United States after the Civil War. It affected everyone, not just the colored. But what even is this racial segregation? Well, racial segregation is the intentional separation of different racial groups. And this separation happened just because people of color wanted to be treated like people and not just as slaves.