The Kfk's Opposition To African American Civil Rights

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‘Opposition to AA civil rights remained powerful throughout the period from 1865 – 1992’ – How far do you agree? (25 marks)
Opposition to African American civil rights came from a multitude of people and different groups. The KKK had an obvious resentment towards African American’s and they made this clear through their actions. However, opposition also came from the government, in the form of JFK, who always spoke about equality but let the south continue with their violence and violent state of mind. Also, in the amendments that had been made, they promised change but in reality change didn’t always occur, and this was due to the people, who didn’t support African American’s. Opposition is also seen from the Supreme Court, however, it was
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They introduced the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, however, this stated that African American’s were no longer property and were now free. This did not have a good effect on African American’s because although they were technically free, they had no money to go anywhere, so they had to stay where they were. This shows an opposition to African American’s because they were technically giving them the power to leave but not giving them the means that they needed to be able to leave. Furthermore, John F. Kennedy who was the president, in his speech spoke about stopping poverty, ignorance and prejudice. He needed the support from African American’s but also from the south, more importantly. Therefore, he appealed to the south a lot more than the African American’s which showed some opposition. Furthermore, when President Richard Nixon was elected, the African American’s experienced more opposition, this is because he was extremely against civil rights for African American’s. He had a low expectation of African American’s and didn’t think that they would be able to amount to anything. This initially shows his opposition to them because he automatically expected the worst from them. He then went on to use the FBI to suppress the Civil Rights movement. He refused to expand the existing civil rights voting laws and tried to avoid meeting with African American leaders. He also appointed conservative judges to the…show more content…
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. This shows more opposition to African American’s during 1865 and 1992 because the Supreme Court ruled a lot of cases against African American’s and supporting segregation. This is another way that African American’s were opposed

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