PREJUDICE IN THE 1950

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Unformatted text preview: P a g e | 1 PREJUDICE IN THE 1950S JORGE SAYUNE HIS 204 AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1865 INSTRUCTOR:MARK DAVIS JUNE, 13 TH 2011 P a g e | 2 In the mid 1950sthe status of Black Americans was well below that of White Americans. This can be seen in areas such as segregation, education, employment, politics, housing and health throughout the Southern and Northern States. However, there were moves made to change up to 1962 in education, transport and other public areas. Discrimination differed between Northern and Southern States. In the North, although there were no laws on segregation there were still discriminatory practices called De Facto segregation which was done within the community, making the Blacks feel unwanted and unwelcomed in public places such as cafes, schools and libraries. Anyone who opposed the segregation was punished by the community which usually was violent. Blacks migrated to the North for a better life and more work opportunities and to build the black culture. However discrimination meant most Blacks could not choose where to live so large ghettos were developed which consisted of poverty and bad health. Employment was another area of crisis as well paid jobs were out of reach for blacks as the Whites believed that Blacks shouldnt rise economically. They were also out of reach because Blacks didnt receive the same training. Schools were segregated according to color. Individual States and school districts allocated money to fund the schools however spending on Black schools was below that of Whites. While Blacks could vote there were very few politicians to represent their interests. Discrimination was worse for Blacks living in the Southern States. Segregation was the major issue as laws in the South enforced the complete separation of races. This was called Jim Crow and was based on the idea separate but equal, so there would be white cafes and black cafes, white trains and black trains, white stores and black stores, white schools and black schools etc. It was acceptable as long as the facilities for both races were of equal standard, but they werent. Anyone who opposed the Jim Crow laws was punished by law enforcement agencies like the police (consisted of almost completely whites) or unofficial enforcers such as P a g e | 3 the KKK, who resulted to methods of violence. Education was also an issue. Schools throughout the South were segregated according to color in order the law and of course werent supplied equally. Individual States and school districts were responsible for funding schools, however spending on Black schools was well below that of Whites. In 1953, the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) proved that Black schools were funded less than half the amount provided for White schools as $98.15 was spent on every White student each year and only $43.14 on every Black student. This meant that White schools were provided with a better quality and quantity of textbooks teachers and other supplies. Therefore Blacks did not a better quality and quantity of textbooks teachers and other supplies....
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