The Role Of Segregation In The 1960s

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The 60s were a time of great development for the civil rights movement. Even though segregation was outlawed in 1964. There was still tension between whites and blacks. This social issue was so important that artists incorporated themes of peace and equality into their music. This included The Temptations’ "Ball Of Confusion (That 's What The World Is Today)" which include topics of social, political and economic issues that arose after desegregation. At the beginning of the song The Temptations claim “Well, the only person talking about love thy brother is the preacher, And it seems nobody 's interested in learning but the teacher” to discuss how after segregation was outlawed people didn’t want to integrate with african americans, and they also chose to be ignorant about a topic as serious as this because the US was founded on the belief that it should be a “melting pot” and that goes against everything that the USA stands for. So in this phrase alone, a lot is said about the attitude that African Americans faced when facing white people. Then they go on to say “Aggravation,…show more content…
In the middle of the song The Temptations “Politicians say more taxes will solve everything, and the band played on” to show how the government thinks that because they outlawed segregation that’s all they can do and are now just asking for money to solve something that can’t be solved with money. All the government cared about was money is what they Temptations are saying in this single phrase because they don’t care about the people they aren’t affected by integration because most people in the government are white males anyway. So they are trying to take advantage of this opportunity to ask for more money. Lastly, at the end of the song The Temptations talk about the economic issues that arose after desegregation. In the lines “Eve of destruction, tax deduction, city inspectors, bill collectors Mod clothes in demand, population out of hand, suicide, too many bills” the listener can get
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