America has been dealing with segregation from its birth. Many of us wonder today if America should be resegregated. “To segregate is to: to require often with force, the separation of (a specific racial, religious, or other group) from the general body of society.” (Dictionary.com). In order to understand our selves, we must first understand Segregation in America. The constantly changing fashionable take on Segregation in America demonstrates the depth of the subject. In this research paper I am going to take a look at the past, present, future of segregation, and its effects on society today.
By looking at America’s past life of segregation, we may open wounds for many that have been covered with salt and that also may bring out heated emotions. In this paper we are looking at whites and blacks. In the past these two races were separated in every aspect of life that we can think of. The common name for a black (African American) in these days was nigger or negro. I have heard a few elderly African Americans say that they would call the white (Caucasian) people Crackers. Race has continued to be a heated factor in America up until today. Though Segregation in America is a favorite topic of discussion amongst monarchs, presidents and dictators, it is impossible to overestimate its impact on modern thought. It is estimated that that Segregation in America is thought about eight times every day by those most reliant on technology, many of whom blame the influence of television.
Taking a look at the job aspect for the blacks in the past, they were limited. Many of the jobs that were available where drivers (which consisted of driving the boss (which was a white man) around where ever they needed to go), share cropping, and warehouse work. If someone was to ask which cost had the worst segregation period, it would be the south. When it came to the women’s role in the job category they were maids, mammies, or simply stay at home wives who stayed home and took care of their children. Some women were able to find better jobs with a little more pay which consisted of secretaries and nurses. Blacks received the lowest pay for their work and dedication to making money for their families to survive.
The day to day life for a black individual was very dull and unglamorous. With the job pay being so low many families count afford transportation to get around, therefore they had to carpool with others, use the public transportation system, or rode bikes, but most of the black society walked to the destination they needed. Some of the hobbies that they we permitted to do was attend parks, movies, stores, etc., but they were not always allowed in all places of business. While in these places of businesses they were only allowed to sit in a pacific area that was labeled for colored, and the water fountains and restrooms were also labeled the same way. The consequences for breaking the rules where; local citizens would take upon there self and beat people up or the law enforcement would simply throw them in jail or give them a fine For example, the story of Viola Desmond. Like the very familiar case of Rosa Parks, Ms. Desmond was arrested because she would not vacate a seat. “ Desmond went into the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, N.S. in 1946- she sat close to the front, ignoring or unaware of the theatre’s segregated seating policy restricting black patrons to the cheaper seats in the balcony. When she refused to leave the whites-only section she was dragged out by the police and taken to jail.” (Foot, Richard.2010) This is just one of the many scenarios in black history where blacks have been punished for not conforming to the norm of the times.
I would have to say that whites have been the privileged race in America since its birth. Whites always look at their race as the superior one, they held there selves on a pedestal and looked down on those who were not like them. This is something that I believe has been shown and...
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