In the Plessy v Ferguson case, it resulted in the agreement of ‘separate but equal’ which is the opposite of what was needed to bring the Civil Rights movement forward. This is opposition to African American’s because they ruled for segregation. The Strauder v West Virginia case is also an opposition to African American’s as it was ruled that only White American’s were to serve as judges in the Supreme Court. Finally, the Williams v Mississippi case was opposition to African American’s because it ruled that to be able to vote, you had to be able to pass a literacy test. This was opposition to African American’s as a lot of them would not be able to pass a literacy test as they would not have been educated well enough if at all to be able to pass a literacy test.
Have you personally been substandard before or have seen people treat individuals horrible just because of their race or for the simplicity of their sex? Back in the day citizens were judge on a daily basis prior due to the color of their skin. During the Civil War Slavery was divided into northern and southern states. The northern states fought for the idea of freedom and equality, which means they wanted no more slaves and the Southern states wanted to keep slaves for economical purposes. Also, women were not treated right , at the time men were bias to the idea of equality for women 's rights.
The idea of them being an unfit race who was in need of probation and instruction seemed to more closely relate to white Klansmen of the South. Their actions spoke louder than words and it seemed as though they were begging to be put in their place. African Americans were not to be punished, if anything it was the white men. They enslaved African Americans, beat, and battered them for years yet when they finally get their freedom it’s as though life will never continue to flourish. The South proved that they needed probation that was never forced upon them.
The whites feared mixing of the race which is the Mongrel Race; because they were afraid the white race would be diluted. So, they did everything keep blacks at the bottom. The Southern states reacted by creating and enforcing Jim Crow laws. The Jim Crow was a system created as a segregation of colored people and white people, but mainly focusing on blacks. These laws existed because of the idea of being superior (Ferris State University, 2012).
• Jim Crow- a system of segregation that included separate schools, drinking fountains, beaches and public accommodations • Blacks could not vote in the South, marry whites or attend state colleges • Rosa Parks, MLK Jr., and Robert William helped start the southern Civil Rights Movement • The civil rights act of 1964 outlawed segregation in public places and discrimination in employment • Still racial prejudice came under attack • Not just blacks but also women, American Indians, Chicanos, Asian Americans, gays, the elderly and the disabled all faced discrimination and inequality • The holocaust of WWII and the role of the U.S as a world leader during cold war helped reshape thinking about the place of discrimination • JFK proclaimed “we can do better” • The thinking about civil rights was the most important reformist legacy of post-war era • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first global concord in human history stating “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” • Supreme Court reversed decision of Plessy v. Ferguson in the Brown v. Board of Education that separate is not equal • Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to white man on the bus and got arrested • In response Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech on behalf of Parks, “This situation is not at all new. The problem has existed over endless years.”(MLK) • Henry Louis Gates Jr. remembers living in the segregated south and seeing the civil rights movement on tv • Older people
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.
When the Civil War was over, three constitutional amendments were passed. The 13th Amendment ended slavery, 14th Amendment gave the African Americans citizenship and the 15th Amendment gave African American males the right to vote. Throughout the years many white did not like the changes that were made, especially Ku Klux Klan, whose members attacked African Americans to maintain the white leadership. As a result of this, life in segregated USA was not
On one hand, Hairspray preaches equality. On the other hand, Hairspray preaches stereotypes. Matthew Delmont proposes that “the history of race in America is an issue of attitudes not policies.”. During Hairspray’s time of setting, blacks were starting the civil rights movement living by Jim Crow Laws. Blacks and whites weren’t allowed to share the same amenities.
(SS) This image is a powerful, real life illustration of the extreme segregation of that time. (SS) One specific injustice some had to face was when, “...a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote.” (SS) This injustice kept the black community from being involved in their country’s important issues and decisions. (SS) Also, by using such a specific state and situation, Dr. King was trying to hit close to home for anyone who had been put in that particular or similar position. (SS) By using experiences his audience had most likely understood, Dr. King appealed to their pathos, and he caused them to grasp the reason they should fight.
Apartheid was a law enacted by the white minority that allowed legal racial segregation against the black South Africans created by the minority, the white South Africans. Apartheid was created in 1948 and lasted until Nelson Mandela became president in 1994. Although Apartheid is long gone, and it ending has created a better South Africa, the scars of Apartheid are still there. While David Smith, a reporter from The Guardian, was in South Africa he said, "The whites are pretending it didn't happen; the blacks are pretending to forgive,” (Smith). This really shows how Apartheid didn’t just affect the black South Africans but also the white South Africans who are now feeling ‘attacked’, political parties use skin color as the basis to attack others, those who are being attacked are the black South Africans.