By reading the principal’s speech, Richard was saying what the white power wanted him to say and to Richard this would be giving in to the very thing he hated so much. Richard was willing to leave school without a diploma instead of this. White people alienated Richard from his environment because he did not accept the way of life that other black people did. Richard’s relatives never understood Richard and because of this he was alienated from his family and his own people. Shorty is the young black boy who gets beat by the white people and jokes about it.
This cult spread hate into the hearts of ma... ... middle of paper ... ...ding up to a white person. Many whites fought so hard to keep everything segregated that even schools were separate for blacks and whites. Even though changes were being made to the society , it still wasn’t enough. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that "separate but equal" public schools for blacks and whites were unconstitutional ( Brown v. Board of Education). This was extremely important because the court was forced to face the issue of racism and come to realize the bitter truth.
People looked down and didn’t like Atticus everybody thought that the white people should only support the whites and black people should only associate with other blacks. They thought that black people were trash and considered Atticus trash as well. “Do all lawyers defend n-Negroes, Atticus?” (Lee 76). Scout Finch, Atticus’ daughter asked her father this because children at school asked her why her father was fighting for the rights of Mr. Robinson a black guy. It wasn’t common for a white lawyer to support and agree with a black guy at the time.
During the 1960s, many Black Americans drew attention to the inequalities among races in society. Protest groups formed and demonstrations highlighting discrimination towards dark people were a common practice for civil rights activists. Some activists believed non-violence was the only way to overcome, and others, such as Anne Moody and the Black Panthers, had a more aggressive attitude towards gaining freedom. In her autobiography, The Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody describes the hardships of growing up in the heavily racist South, and displays the “price you pay daily for being Black.” (p.361) She grows tired of seeing her Black companions beaten, raped, murdered, and denied their opportunity to prosper in the land of plenty: America. The Black Panthers’ assertive mindset was aimed to exemplify the injustices of a prejudiced society that denied Blacks the power to determine their own destiny.
A common misconception is that all white citizens hated and disrespected black citizens; however, “Even when the Jim Crow laws were being enacted, many people (including white people) felt that they were not fair. They believed that blacks and whites should have equal access to opportunity” (The Impact of Jim Crow Laws on Education 1). The Jim Crow Laws legally separated black citizens and white citizens with segregation in schools, public bathrooms, water fountains, and many more public places. Signs that read “Colored Only” or “White Only” were visible everywhere during that time period (Racial Segregation in the American South: Jim Crow Laws 1). Shockingly, in South Carolina, black textile workers could not even enter through the same door as a white man, let alone work in the same room (A Brief History of Jim Crow 1).
SNCC also had some other run in besides getting harassed, shot at by many white southerners. Some whites who volunteer for the organization felt un welcome by some of the black community because of their race. Perdew a white men student who took apart of the SNCC did not have it easy. He had a hard time communicating with some poor blacks even though he was the only white living in the all black community. He said, black are frequently afraid of me as a white” In this case he felt like his voice was not being really heard because blacks would ignore by not answering their doors, agreeing to everything he said just so he can leave, and because whites were just known as oppressors in the south.
This law affect racial segregation. The United States was affected by the Jim Crow law until the civil rights movement. Richard wright’s the ethics of living Jim Crow tells bleak life that Africans Americans had in the south. The Jim Crow laws affect many African Americans lives in all aspects which were poverty, health, and wellbeing. The methods that whites used against African American men to damage African Americans spirits were segregation, and how African Americans would live behind the rail road tracks which was the poverty stricken area.
Living in the South Growing up in the south during the civil right movement between the late fifties and early sixties as an African American was tough. As a black person you went through a lot of racial profiling, discrimination and of course racism throughout the south just because they wanted a change and was tired of being miss treated by the whites. Superiority meant a lot to the whites so; they were not going to allow the blacks to take over in any kind of way. So, blacks and people known as the minorities took their chances to try to make a change because their rights were not be protected as in the first Amendment said it would. Many people were threatened, beaten and harassed by a group known as Ku Klux Klan trying to fight for what was right like voting privilege.
Dana found out that Rufus lied about sending her letters to her husband, so she decided to run away, but soon got caught. Octavia Butlers Kindred reads, “Weilyn ripped my clothes off and began to beat me. He beat me until I swung back and forth by my wrist, half crazy with pain, unable to find my footing, unable to stand the pressure” (176). Due to such harsh things that happened to blacks during slavery, blacks are now mentally enslaved to believe that that all whites are racist and to resent them. It is hard to see someone as your “equal” when for hundreds of years you were their opposite.
Racism is wrought within the whole story. For example, even though Calpernia is a female, Aunt Alexandra overlooks her good work because of her race (p. 129). Blacks, because they are considered inferior, are expected to do everything for whites. People are so biased it doesn’t matter how well a job a black person does they are still frowned upon. Furthermore, the jury declares Tom Robinson guilty even though the evidence is clearly in his favor (p.211).