Racial Inequality In The 1950s

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Welcome to the time period of 1875-1950. This was a time when America addressed significant social justice issues of equal opportunity for its people. Majority of these issues evolved around women’s rights, segregation, and racial inequality. Women’s right dealt with women’s suffrage and their right to vote, segregation dealt with the Jim Crow Laws and racial inequality addressed educational and political policies. Each of these themes closely symbolize a social justice issue because of the inability for certain groups of people to achieve their common human rights. In the United States, women have historically been treated different and unequally than men. Women have been discriminated in education, labor, and rights to vote. In 1877,…show more content…
More specifically, “at the start of the twentieth century, pervasive, overt racial discrimination barred blacks from most jobs, denied them equal education, and disenfranchised them politically” (Katz, 2005). As a result, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in order to obtain educational equality and the opportunity for higher education amongst African Americans (US Courts, 2014). This foundation was established in 1909. The NAACP helped to fight in favor of several court cases. To name a few, the NAACP aided the 1936 Murray versus Madison court ruling, the 1938 Missouri ex rel Gaines versus Canada, and the 1950 Sweat versus Painter case. In each of these cases, there was a discrimination against higher education. Students were being rejected their acceptance to colleges based solely on their race. Throughout this time, the NAACP “tried to persuade Congress… to enact laws that would protect African Americans from lynching and other racist actions” (US Courts, 2014). For each of these cases, the NAACP was successful in desegregating education systems for enrolling African
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