From Segregation to Racism
During the 20th century there was segregation and racism in the United States. Many people believe these times are over but there is still an extreme amount of racism going on in the country today. During the 1900’s, leaders of all races (Black, Hispanics and whites) were fighting for equality. The majority of the black population was fighting for civil rights,better education, anti-lynching laws and equal opportunities. Jim crow laws, The KKK, and the horrible treatment towards minorities led to the continuance of racism in the country. Since the beginning of slavery, blacks have been treated unequal and when other minorities started coming to the U.S. in the 20th century, they were treated unequal as well. This has impacted 20th century American history because wnhites have always been treated better than any other race, many people could argue that this is still true today.
The main cause of segregation in the 20th century were Jim Crow laws. Jim Crow laws were, racial segregation laws from 1876 to 1965 in the United States, for example "1) Reform Schools: The children of white and colored races committed to the houses of reform shall be kept entirely separate from each other. (Kentucky) . 2) Any person...who shall be guilty of printing, publishing or circulating printed, typewritten or written matter urging or presenting for public acceptance or general information, arguments or suggestions in favor of social equality or of intermarriage between whites and negroes, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to fine or not exceeding five hundred (500.00) dollars or imprisonment not exceeding six (6) months or both. (Mississippi). 3) Intermarriage: All marriages between a white person and a negro, or between a white person and a person of negro descent to the fourth generation inclusive, are hereby forever prohibited" (Florida) ( Examples of Jim Crow, ferris.edu). These laws made segregation legal and divided the country.
Each state had their own laws against minorities. One of the most controversial and widely practiced penalties against minorities were lynchings. Lynchings were when a mob of white Americans publicly hung and burned a person in order to kill an individual based on allegations of a crime. There would be no repercussions towards the white Americans who savagely killed and abused innocent minorities. This happened to many people in the 1900's. If you were a minority, you could be publicly executed for looking at a white person the wrong way or saying something they didn't like. On August 28, 1955 , a 14 year old boy named Emmett Till was falsely accused of whistling at a white woman. When the woman's husband heard of this, he and his brother-in-law went to Emmett's grandfathers' house and took him to the Tallahatchie River where he was forced him to strip naked. They nearly beat him to death before shooting him...