The Effects Of Propaganda In The Civil Rights Movement

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Propaganda has been used through world wars and civil wars throughout time. Since “propaganda defines the construction, maintenance and use of history and perceptions by the powerful” (Csete, 2000, p 212) propaganda continuously is changing and adapting to the fluctuating social norms; however, the 20th century was a pivoting point. This century was when we were able to see the African minority revolt and fight back. To this day the propaganda from the early 1900’s has created marches, social movements, and riots that still affect them today.
Racism can be followed throughout history to the colonization of America to the Age of Imperialism in Britain.To this day the way that African Americans have been depicted has determined how they are treated. To fully understand the effects of propaganda, it is necessary to be able to answer the question, To what extent has the marginalization of African Americans contributed to social and political movements in the Civil Rights Era? This is significant because the racial tension in the United States has strengthened with the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. This movement began after 17 year old Trayvon Martin was placed on trial for his own murder and the murderer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the murder. This question is worthy of study because in order to be able to understand and put an end to racial disputes we have to learn how African Americans lives have been perceived in the past and how
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