Friday, March 31, 2017

Turn of the Century


My blog today will be about racism in the late 1800s - early 1900s.

Race has a dark history in this nation. When black Americans were promised freedom they were given Jim Crow laws and the ku klux klan, and when they were promised civil rights they were given Ronald Reagan's war on drugs.

Jim Crow was the name of the racial caste system which operated mostly in southern and border states, between 1877 and the mid 1960s.

Jim Crow was more than a series of rigid anti-black laws. It was a way of life. Under Jim Crow, African Americans were relegated to the status of the second class citizens. Jim Crow represented the legitimization of anti-black racism.

Christian ministers taught that whites were the chosen people, blacks were cursed to be servants, and God supported racial segregation. Everyone believed that blacks were innately intellectually and culturally inferior to whites.

In this article the author basically summarizes all the racist events that occured throughout imperialism and WWI in the US as a timeline (The Jim Crow laws being one of them). He also mentions W.E.B Du Bois's contribution in that regard.

Luckily, the civil rights' movement in the 1950s somewhat put an end to it.

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