Segregation In African American Society

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Have you ever thought about what makes a person good or evil? According to the Golden Rule we as humans should treat others the way we would want to be treated but this is not all ways the case. African Americans have fought for equality for an extensive period of time against desegregation and Racism. Due to the fact that White southerners were not happy with the end of slavery and the prospect of living or working “equally” with blacks whom they considered inferior. White Americans derived a system called the Jim Crow Law to keep African Americans in a subordinate status by denying them equal access to public facilities, public schools, and public transportation, ensuring that black Americans lived apart from white American’s. African American’s…show more content…
Although many schools and communities where still segregated affecting all races and ethnicities. Overtime African Americans and other ethnicities made it clear that they have rights and have never surrendered or lost them. “Despite the fact that desegregation seemed to proceed without federal intervention in some northern and western states, in the southern states, where race relations showed little improvement, codified school segregation was persistent and was only overturned after an intense legal and social battle by civil rights activists and their allies. The Supreme Court case Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) paved the way for dismantling school segregation.” (Barnes-Bowler, 2015) Oliver Brown and other parents were concern about their children having to attend segregated schools that were an inconvenience to their children and to them, when there were white’s schools districts closer to their home and more convenient for their children. “In the spring of 1951, black students at segregated motor high school in prince Edward County, Virginia, commenced a strike against overcrowding and unequal conditions in their school. Local leaders of the (NAACP) National Association of Advancement of Color People initially tried to discourage the protest because Prince Edward County seemed like such an…show more content…
“During the spring of 1955 two city board members Dave Birmingham and Clyde C. Seller were running for office against each other had a debated over the sitting arrangements on buses and African Americans working service jobs. This would be Birmingham’s second term if reelected, the highlight of his first term was the hiring of the first African American police officer.” (Greenhaw, 2006) However, racial tension in the city was rising and because Seller took an inferior approach when dealing with African American’s he was elected over Birmingham. Seller believed that if the commission complied with the request for blacks to be able to apply for services jobs he stated, “It would only be a matter of time before Negroes would be working alongside whites and whites alongside Negroes.” (Greenhaw, 2006) Seller believed whole heartedly that Negroes had every opportunity to sick services jobs in other places but not in the city of Montgomery and he was going to keep it that way. Seller also expressed in many of his speeches his support of the Jim Crow laws and how he planned to make sure everyone abide by them. A news reporter Joel Azbell who was popular for writing papers about significant events that would be happening in the coming days got word of a boycott that was due to take place soon printed it before it actually
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