‘Explain the impacts of segregation on the African American community.’ Brown vs. Board and Emmett Till case
Segregation between the White Americans and African Americans as a result of the Jim Crow Laws from 1876 to 1965 had great effect on the African American community both physically and psychologically. Despite this, inequality between the races sparked many cases of rebellion and civil disobedience as African Americans stood up not only to defend themselves but also their people. Their aim was to abolish all segregation laws and create a race equal America in which African Americans could live with the lifestyle as all other citizens. Examples of peaceful protests include the Plessy vs. Ferguson case, the Rosa Parks incident, the Emmett Till case and the Brown vs. Board of Education case. These social movements became important events in history which influenced the society of the time and eventually became contributing factors to the Civil Rights Movement (1955 – 1968).
Countless acts of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience by equal rights activists highlighted the physical and psychological issues surrounding segregation and eventually became pivotal points in history. The morals and values encouraged by segregation left thousands of African Americans physically injured. One such case is the Emmett Till incident which is said to be one of the most publicised acts of physical abuse to an African American. Emmett Till, a 14 year old African American boy was maimed and killed after being accused of flirting with a white woman. Till was visiting family in Mississippi when he spoke to the female shop assistant of a small grocery store. A few nights later, the woman’s husband kidnapped Till, beat him, gouged out one of his eyes then shot him in the head, disposing of his dead body in a nearby lake weighted down by a fan tied to his neck with barbed wire. Three days after, Emmett’s swollen and disfigured body was found and the extent of the abuse...
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