Pertaining to the rights of African Americans a new south did not appear after the reconstruction. While they were “free” they were often treated harshly and kept in a version of economic slavery by either their former masters or other white people in power. Sharecropping and the crop-lien system often had a negative impact on both the black and white tenants keeping them in debt with the owner. Jim Crow laws, vigilantes and various means of disfranchisement became the normal way of life in the South. It was believed that white people were superior to black people and when they moved up in politics or socially they were harassed and threatened.
By the same methods, the South kept Blacks from receiving proper housing. Segregation was mandatory and was ruled legaled so long as it was equal. This never occurred in the South. Several Blacks lived in the backwoods or at least out of cities and didn’t have proper facilities. Any movement towards better housing was pushed down by scare tactics or rioting.
The Compromise of 1877 led to a lack of control of the south that allowed the KKK to start their stream of terror Lynching was often well publicized and profitable. Living in fear was common for blacks at the time. This lead to the Great Migration, blacks started to move North moving into cities About 6 million blacks moved to the north hoping for jobs and a better life however in doing so they were treated with segregation. Segregation lead to black communities. These communities started to build churches and schools.
78). The justification given to White Southerner for these murders was that when a African-American raped white women, they need to be lynched. However, the inconsistencies that wells found out were that only a third of the African-American who were murdered were accused of rape and the other who were murdered were lynched for anything with crime or no crime at all. Most of the people who were lynched were innocent people, including women, children. It does not matter even if African-American who were lynched even if they were innocent.
A brief history of the area shows that the population was predominantly White in the 1950’s, then changed to being more diverse while being predominantly Black, and is now packed with Asian culture. The diversity in 1950 was 67.7% White, 32.3% Black, and 0.7% Other (1950 Decennial). Then in 1980 it changed to 38.6% White, 42.8% Black, and 4.9% Asian (1980 Decennial). Now the recent statistics about Main Street are 9.3% White, 29.4% Black, and 40.6% Asian (2014 American Community Survey).
The blacks did not receive the same luxuries as the whites did. For instance, the colored received less than stellar entertainment where as the whites were able to get anything they wanted, “There, instead of houses and trees, there were fishing wharves, boat docks, nightclubs, and restaurants for whites. There were one or two nightclubs for colored, but they were not very good” (Gaines 25). It was unjust to the blacks that they could not enjoy themselves as much as the whites because of their skin color.
Although the life in the North was better, it was not ideal. During the emigration often African Americans encountered several kinds of discrimination, both the owners and sellers of houses prevented African-Americans to buy a house close to neighborhoods inhabited by whites. Moreover, when blacks moved
I think that due to the practice of segregation in Hartford over the years, whites have become too comfortable because they are not impacted by economic and racial segregation to the same extent as racial minorities. Therefore, when presented with facts of the reality of segregation in court, state representatives are hesitant to invoke legal action since they are not personally affected. The mindset to keep citizens separated based on class and race that originally brought about segregation in the 1970s is still a strong mindset in current-day Hartford.
Since there were over seventy-five thousand people overcrowded into a small town meant for nineteen thousand, some issues with housing would arise. The best example of this is when Celia Szapka, a woman who had come from Pennsylvania to work, had to share a dorm room meant for two people with three other girls. The dorm rules were also very strict, with restrictions on what they could when they could go to sleep, and who was able to visit them. Another example is of the deplorable conditions that people suffered through because of their race. Kattie, a black woman from Alabama, was forced to live in a tiny 256 square foot hutment that she shared with five other women.
Residential segregation is the physical separation of two or more groups into different neighborhoods, or a form of segregation that "sorts population groups into various neighborhood contexts and shapes the living environment at the neighborhood level. " African Americans are one of the many races that are affected by residential segregation. What many people do not know is that health complications are often associated with different races in regards to residential segregation. According to Wikipedia, “Despite recent trends, blacks remain the most segregated racial group.
Conditions were crowded. Often, two couples would share a 10-foot-square room that had a kitchen and a homemade stove(1) In addition sometimes plantation owners would put, up to forty men in one tiny house, or there would be homes with very flimsy roof and as so the people living inside would not be very safe from natural hazards or crazy drunk people who don't know what there doing and so they try to kill people, these people didn't have locks on their doors so they were pretty unsafe from bad things. (2) In the article it states : Housing conditions, jobs and wages differed according to race.
Her characters like Walter and Ruth are forced to live in a cramped house because they don’t have the money to move out. Walter has to work as a chauffeur driving people around all day for a low wage. Just like in that time period when African Americans could not get high paying jobs, this aided in the racial problem because it kept blacks from being able to move into white neighborhoods. Another method used to keep blacks out of White neighborhoods was contract buying. “When selling on contract, the speculator offered the home to a black purchaser for a relatively low downpayment- often several hundred dollars would suffice.
A Black person could not live a life relatively free of conflict even if they adhered to the ethics of Jim Crow. There were many unfair and ridiculous rules that Blacks had to follow. One of these was that they must always