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INTRO Segregation, racism, and oppression were everyday, subconscious practices deomonstrated by whites and felt by blacks in middle twentieth century America. Post civil war reconstruction policies left blacks as the lowest social class without possibility of social mobility due to disentrancement. Racist institutions, enforced by the Ku Klux Klan and local police, such as Jim Crow meant blacks were discriminated in every facet of life including public accommodations, education, economic opportunities, and housing. The real problem was not the government legislature, rather the mindsets of whites. Whites had been schooled to believe blacks were inferior; therefore achieving equality would be extremely difficult. Blacks’ spirits, because their social inferiority was obvious in even the smallest facets of life had been killed and they did not demonstrate much resistance until the Civil Rights Movement began in the 1950’s. In the mid 1960’s time had come for real change. Why Mississippi? In 1964 Mississippi’s population was over 40% black, but only 5% were registered to vote and even fewer actually did. i / ii The goal of the Freedom Summer was to fix this. During meetings, called ‘freedom registrations’, blacks were given motivation to at least try and register. Mississippi, the symbol of southern segregation, was by far the hardest society to “crack”; in the Deep South Mississippi was the deepest . iii Mississippi’s attitudes towards change can be summed up by their governor, Ross R. Barnett who said If we start off with the self-evident proposition that the whites and colored are different, we will not experience any difficulty in reaching the conclusion that they are not and never can be equal. Civil Rights Leaders agreed: Mississippi needed changing.
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Al Lowenstein, a Yale Law School Professor who moved to Mississippi in 1963, thought Mississippi was a good state for the Freedom Summer because I think Mississippi is a sick place; it's so sick that to go to Mississippi is to leave America in the way that we think of America and to see America in a grotesque mirror in which all our warts are magnified. But they are our warts. It is us. It is our racial sickness, not some foreign breed . . . . Who was involved? The federal government continuously showed a lack of sympathy towards the civil rights cause iv so grass roots organizations such as SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee), COFO (Council of Federated organizations), CORE (Congress of Racial Equaltiy), SCLC (Southern Christain Leadership Conference), and the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) had to continue the Civil Rights Movement alone.
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