Essay About Racial Inequality In The Usa

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Why was there so much racial inequality in the USA? The situation of black people in the 1930s Segregation and the Jim Crow laws The USA constitution and federal law declared that everyone was equal. The southern states passed the Jim Crow Laws which related to segregation. This meant that white people and black people had to live separately. The areas of society affected by segregation included churches, hospitals, theatres and schools. Black people had the worst jobs and the poorest standard of education. Black people also found it difficult to register to vote because of the following: * Poll Tax – A tax had to be paid in order to be able to vote, and most black people were too poor to pay the tax. * Literacy Tests (reading) –…show more content…
She had to walk 20 blocks to school even though there was a school for white people two blocks from her home. The NAACP helped her father to bring a legal case against the education board. On 19 May 1954 the court declared that segregation was against the law and the constitution of the USA. The Board of Education of Topeka and every other education board were forced to bring segregation to an end. But many schools continued to refuse to implement this, and by 1956, in six southern states, not a single black child was attending any school where there were white children. The importance of the Little Rock case, Arkansas, 1957 In September 1957, nine black pupils tried to attend a school for white children in Little Rock. The Governor of Arkansas sent National Guard soldiers to prevent the black children from entering the school. The black people brought a case against the Governor. They won and the soldiers were forced to leave. The black pupils now had the right to go to the school and President Eisenhower sent 1,000 soldiers to look after them for the rest of the year. By 1960, out of a total of 2 million black school children in the state of Arkansas, only 2,600 were going to the same school as white
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