But not everyone believed in white superiority, but in equality. There were multiple groups for and against this type of segregation. “The National Association for the Advancement of Colored... ... middle of paper ... ...rnment cared about the deaths and segregation that was currently happening at that time. As the years went on, African Americans were cared about less and less, and hated more and more. The Jim Crow laws were discriminating to African Americans because they received unfair punishments, no one cared about the African American’s opinions, and they replaced slavery with laws that encouraged racial inequality.
Black people immediately fell victim to race riots. White people joined together in their hatred of blacks. They did not want to lose their jobs to "savages." Immigrants already had low paying jobs and black people would take even lower wages. Major race riots broke out into seven popular urban cities, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
Several years ago our very land , the country we love and call our homes was filled with extreme hate , segregation and discrimination . Many whites felt superior to African Americans and the thought of having to share anything with the colored folks made them angry. Even though Abraham Lincoln emancipated the slaves , the colored folks were still not free. After the civil war the South was extremely bitter about their loss and this brought about the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. This cult spread hate into the hearts of ma... ... middle of paper ... ...ding up to a white person.
Blacks were scorned upon and stereotyped as lazy, evil, and selfish. During the Depression, they were often the first to lose their jobs and the last to regain them. Jim Crow laws segregated blacks and whites, forcing blacks to use different facilities (restaurants, schools, buses) than whites. Despite technically being “separate but equal,” black facilities were often inferior to white ones. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is set in this turbulent period.
“Black people are weakened by their own distrust and jealousies of each other by our factionalism and feuding"(Natanson ,1992, p. 56). Black people today are no better politically, economicly, or socially than they were before despite the numerous efforts that they have made. Problems with social equity existed in the preceding years with African American. More than two blacks were prohibited to congregate at on time because there were laws that hindered it. Also there were Jim Crow laws that were very oppressive to the African American community.
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).
Until the war the black race was seen solely as another object for the more prosperous whites in the south to own. After the war the southerners could not handle the fact that the blacks were also people. This led to the horrible way they were treated. The fact that blacks were tortured and killed for insignificant reasons led to more resentment toward the whites from the blacks. This then led to more hatred aimed toward the blacks.
Racism is evident in the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Throughout the story whites are constantly challenging blacks, and vice versa, because blacks want to be seen as equals and not as a lesser race. Racism has been in the United States since the beginning of time, when the whites first settled here they were racist against the Indians, they beat killed and cleared out their tribes, bust because they wanted their land. Then you see a different form of racism between blacks and whites, it was present just because of skin color; you see segregation between the two races up until the 1950s when schools became integrated, but the racism was still there. Whites refused to sit next to blacks, use the same bathrooms, use the same drinking fountain, and wouldn't be seen in the same church.
This actually meant that at railway stations, bus stops and even drinking fountains Blacks could not mix with Whites. They were also denied access to decent jobs, to worthwhile education and the right to vote. Also, they suffered great poverty well into the twentieth century. It may seem that this was already a great oppression against the Black Americans, yet White supremacist organisations such as the Ku Klux Klan that had faded away in the late nineteenth century, had suddenly reappeared to abuse and in some cases, murder Blacks. The Klan became a powerful political force in the 1920s.
With that being said, African Americans are considered now to be citizens of the United States but sadly were not treated equally by their white peers till the Civil Rights Act (1964); and from the time of reconstruction through the period of... ... middle of paper ... ...ly towards African Americans because they had false perceptions of black individuals and automatically categorized them as horrible beings. The result of this kind of thinking condemned these poor people targeted to an angry mob with death by lynching. This reveals that whites had false notions on how black individuals are and they reacted purely out of ignorance and hate for successful African Americans. In conclusion, the rise of racial violence and lynching during the post-emancipation era was determined by two main factors: whites trying to remain superior, and the general fear of mixing the two races. Unfortunately, many African Americans suffered at the hands of racial violence just due to the fact of being a different skin color other than white.