Segregation: Fighting For The Same Rights

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Segregation was very hard to endure to those who were colored in the 1960’s. Segregation was basically a white person making cruel remarks to a colored person or about the colored people in general. Segregation wasn’t just making racist remarks but it made people fight about little events that weren’t worth fighting about. White people would even take the colored to court just for having a nice car or even not addressing a white person as “sir” or “madam”. In the court cases no matter how simple the cases was the colored would either go to jail or even worse have the death penalty. The colored wasn’t treated equally at all they always had everything separate like water fountains, stores, restaurants, and even schools. Although some whites didn’t believe in segregation because they knew it wasn’t right and they knew the true meaning of the everyday term of “everyone should be treated the same”. On the other hand colored people also fought back at the whites but in the most non violent ways to do it. One way was they would have scheduled marches around town with signs saying “stop segregation” or “segregation is a crime”. In these marches many colored people would show how they feel about what and how the whites were treating them at the time but in the most nonviolent way possible. In these marches some whites would also participate to also show
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their feelings about segregation and how wrong it was. Whites that participated in the marches were very courageous to even dare to participate in one of the marches. During the marches anything could’ve happened. In many marches people were ambushed killed and even threatened by the sidelines. Many more things had happened over the period of segregation like strikes, picketing, and sit ins. All of these “moments in history” are also known as The Civil Rights Movement and sit ins are only the beginning.
Sit ins and picketing were one of the starting points of the blacks civil rights movement. The first sit in was held in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was involved with 4 black freshmen at the Agricultural and Technical College. These 4 freshmen were later to be known as the “Greensboro Four” because of their act of courage. On February 1, 1960, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, David Richmond, and Ezell Blair Jr. , walked into a F.W. Woolworth Company store and they bought some school supplies. Then they decided to go to the lunch counter part of the store but they were rejected by the cashier and he was refusing to serve his food to these men because they were black. They then had thought to themselves that if they were allowed to buy their school supplies in the other part of the store then why couldn’t they be served in this part of it. The cashier tried to force the men to get out afterward but they did not move from their position until they were served in this part of the store. The freshmen couldn’t hold their position in the store though because they were forced out of the...

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