The Nadir of Race Relations
In the article, The Nadir of Race relations, by John Boles discussed how white and black Americans dealt with the differences of their race. The nadir took place in the Southern United States from 1880’s through the 1930’s. This was a very difficult period for the black Americans due to the fact that white politicians’ alliance to discriminate blacks. Africans Americans were harshly abused and lost many civil rights. They lost their freedom, respect, and voice just because of their skin color. Even if a white person opposed to the callous treatment of the blacks, they were beaten or killed. Blacks faced lynching, segregation, violence, and legal racial discrimination while the white supremacy increased. Boles first talks about how lynching was very popular and most powerful weapon in the south, it was used in the 1880’s against the white but by the 1900’s it made a drastic changed were the victims were mostly black; the total was 115 where 9 were of whites and 106 were black. Lynching decreased, but the number of white lynched never succeeded the number of blacks. Lynching was neither private nor hidden from the people; it was welcomed to the public, with colossal crowds, food, drinks and also voluntary participation. The voluntary participation consisted of being able to shoot, stab, hit, and burn the victim with no fear of being under arrest by the law. There were many occasions where victims were accused of committing crimes, and were sent to jail or even worse killed just by what it had been alleged by others. The southern trials were unjust and racial, they ignored all the evidence provided and were just based on their appearance and skin color. Stereotypes were also very popular and dreadfully offensive against the black Americas. Black phenotype was expressed in books, advertisements, and cartoons, basically in anything that it was possible to show blacks huge, exaggerated physical appearance. Black men were not just...
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