From Segragation to Racism

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From Segregation to Racism

During the 20th century there was segregation and racism in the United States. Many people believe these times are over but there is still an extreme amount of racism going on in the country today. During the 1900’s, leaders of all races (Black, Hispanics and whites) were fighting for equality. The majority of the black population was fighting for civil rights,better education, anti-lynching laws and equal opportunities. Jim crow laws, The KKK, and the horrible treatment towards minorities led to the continuance of racism in the country. Since the beginning of slavery, blacks have been treated unequal and when other minorities started coming to the U.S. in the 20th century, they were treated unequal as well. This has impacted 20th century American history because wnhites have always been treated better than any other race, many people could argue that this is still true today.

The main cause of segregation in the 20th century were Jim Crow laws. Jim Crow laws were, racial segregation laws from 1876 to 1965 in the United States, for example "1) Reform Schools: The children of white and colored races committed to the houses of reform shall be kept entirely separate from each other. (Kentucky) . 2) Any person...who shall be guilty of printing, publishing or circulating printed, typewritten or written matter urging or presenting for public acceptance or general information, arguments or suggestions in favor of social equality or of intermarriage between whites and negroes, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to fine or not exceeding five hundred (500.00) dollars or imprisonment not exceeding six (6) months or both. (Mississippi). 3) Intermarriage: All marriages between a white perso...

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...afety towards minorities was one of the best decisions the United States government had ever made. Because of this educations for minorities improved and many formerly all white colleges accepted their first black students. Minorities were able to live in formally known "all white neighborhoods" also, minorities could get better jobs to support their families.

Just because segregation was over doesn't mean racism was. Not everyone agreed with these new accommodations. Many whites were still against minorities and did not like how they were given legal and equal rights to live and go to school anywhere they wanted. The Klu Klux Klan was a secret organization of White Americans, mainly in the South, who use violence against Black people, Jewish people, and other minority groups, they were one of the most feared racist groups in America during the 20th century.
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