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.
Reconstruction in 1865 through 1877 was terminated by Southern men due to their lack of acceptance of African Americans in restricting their political rights, not following the North’s precedence of equality, and the assassination of many a men by their ever so popular Klan. Reformation began after the Civil War which was fought over sectional differences and heavy slavery in the South. Southerns had always been pro slavery which contributed to their low treatment of African Americans as a whole. Once the South lost the War they could no longer legally enslave African Americans, but that did not change their persona in the eyes of the rich white men. Equality was a concept for white men according to the South, especially considering that
Although slavery was declared over after the passing of the thirteenth amendment, African Americans were not being treated with the respect or equality they deserved. Socially, politically and economically, African American people were not being given equal opportunities as white people. They had certain laws directed at them, which held them back from being equal to their white peers. They also had certain requirements, making it difficult for many African Americans to participate in the opportunity to vote for government leaders. Although they were freed from slavery, there was still a long way to go for equality through America’s reconstruction plan.
If the slave were white, they could escape the fated damnation of their skin color. If the slave were black, they would be held unaccountable for their heritage and at least take refuge in some vestige of African or slave identity. By being part of both worlds, mulattos and mixed slaves were denied not only the privileges of whiteness and freedom, but also the mournful solidarity and sense of community of other African-American slaves. Even today, Whiteness permeates culture with subtle privileges. While copious steps have been taken towards the achievement of racial equality, racial discrimination and hate crimes are still massively prevalent issues in the United States.
Rand Paul once said “The government has a history of not treating people fairly, from the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II to African-Americans in the Civil Rights era.”(Brainy Quotes). In Louisiana, receiving equal rights was probably considered impossible in the 1960’s. Segregation was insurmountable to escape; everywhere you turned there were signs stating “Whites Only” or “Colored Entrance”. The blacks, although citizens of the United States, were still separated unfairly. Citizens that did nothing to deserve the discrimination they drew in by others were ridiculed for the color of their skin, the way they were born.
But the black schools had nothing even close to those opportunities in their school. The black schools, after investigating further, were proven to be less beneficial. So in conclusion, the Supreme Court over ruled the Plessy v. Ferguson case. Making the schools more equal to each other and combining white and blacks school. This action changed the world and played a big part in the Civil Rights
Throughout the history of America, blacks have continuously been perceived as inferior to whites. At first, due to the legality of slavery, blacks were not identified as people, but property. This was a regular practice until the passing of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments, which granted rights to black inhabitants of America. Hypothetically, these rights were to make newly freed slaves equal to their white cohabitants, but this wasn’t the case. Court cases, laws, and illicit practices, ensured that blacks would remain inferior to whites.
For the white society to hate the zoot-suiters even more, the “zoot-suit” came from the mid-thirties Negro fashions, where during that time Malcolm X began sporting the look. On top of the fact that these “zoot-suits” came from Negro culture, during the 1942 cloth rationing, the illegal suits still remained popular, which was a very “non-supporter, un-American” thing to do while our country was at war. These zoot-suiters were not doing much to help themselves stay out of trouble by consistently rebelling against the social norms, and their rebellions were un-patriotic which made white Americans despise them even
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn deals with the social climate of 19th century southern America, and in turn, the complementary racism to anyone not white. Although set in twenty years before the book was released, it (and Mark Twain) received a lot of criticism for the novel by a society that hadn’t evolved quite to what Twain had expected. Ironically enough, the book is now banned for the opposite reason it was banned when it came out. The book was considered vulgar, through its language and through its actions. The idea of a white boy who would treat a slave as a human wasn’t taken lightly.
Even after slavery was over people of colored were still being treated unequal to the white people, they did not have the same benefits and rights that the white people had. Segregation and discrimination were still a thing, black people couldn’t use the same bathroom, classroom, and had to sit in the back of the bus. According to African American Odyssey “On July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman issued two executive orders. One instituted fair employment practices in the civilian agencies of the federal government; the other provided for "equality of treatment and opportunity in the armed forces without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin”. Rosa Parks also knew as the mother of the freedom movement ’actions contribute to the Civil Right Movement in a major way.