Black women weren’t even allowed to keep their child even if they birthed them! White women and Black women were both struggling at gaining rights. During the early 19th Century women didn’t have the right to vote which created much frustration among women, they even weren’t allowed to run for the presidency just because they are a different gender. In the 19th Century men believed that women’s only job was to clean and cook for the family. Women in general back in the 19th Century didn’t have many rights, but Black women were definitely on the short end of the stick if you compared the rights between Black and White women.
In the South segregation was supported by the Jim Crow laws that made it legal. All public institutions in the South were separated according to skin colour, the ones for blacks being inferior in quality. In the north, where segregation wasn’t imposed by law, the blacks were forced to move into ghettos, because of discrimination by the whites. As well as that, there was also economic inequality. It was much harder for blacks to get a job, and there employment position could be described as ‘the last to be hired, the first to be fired’.
Dolphus Raymond. He relates it to himself in the context of racism towards him and his family and identifies it as the result of the white society of Maycomb not realizing that the black society is also human and equal. Throughout the book, the society in Maycomb is shown to be a very racist community, so racist that racism has been integrated into the culture of Maycomb. In this community, the black society is hated, and suppressed by the predominantly white society. Due to this, the black community is prejudiced against and does not ever get the chance to rise in society.
During the time period in which the story takes place, black people were not considered equal to white people and were treated horribly as if they were weak and naive. Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, describes the racism and prejudice towards black people and how she makes a good diction against it. The black people in the novel are strong-willed for not succumbing to white people for they have their own volition. They are treated like they are naive or ignorant but they have their own intelligence and experiences that proves their strength. Everybody deserves the same justice that everyone else is given in a court of law, no matter if someone is better than them.
The beauty standards of white Western culture, the sexual abuse of Pecola by her father, and Pecola’s low economic status have multiplicative effects on Pecola and all aid in her progressive alienation from society as well as her fall towards insanity. Deborah King states that “the experience of black women is assumed to be synonymous with that of either black males or white females” (King 45). It is mistakenly granted that either there is no difference in being black and female than being generically black or generically female. The intensity of the physical and psychological impact of racism is very different from that of sexism. For example, the group experience of slavery and lynching for blacks, and genocide for Native Americans is not comparable to the physical abuse, social discrimination, and cultural denigration suffered by women.
The level of racism in the southern parts of America was the most extreme and prejudice and greatly impacted upon the speed of racial equality in America. The Jim Crow Laws (1890) enforced in the south made segregation legal in Southern states (this was based on the show my Jim Crow mocking black people and classing them as second-class citizens). This meant that facilities such as Transport, Healthcare, Education, toilets and restaurants were segregated, this had a negative effect on the black community as it showed the gulf in living standards and class between the whites and blacks, it also showed the lengths that were taken to distance the two races and the lack of equality that was being shown in the South with little likelihood of significant change. In addition to this there was a segregated heart of society in the south dedicated to the oppression of black people. In the south most prominently there were a set of unwritten laws made to segregate white people from black people.
Many of these facilities were, education, healthcare, transport, cinemas, restaurants and churches and even housing and estates were segregated. This shows the extent white went to separate them from the ‘inferior’ race. Jim Crow laws limited black Americans from having a better way of life as they were made poorer, didn’t have the opportunity to managerial roles as they were only allowed the low paying jobs and weren’t equal to white people increasing poor conditions, also, led to unequal or no voting rights in coloured communities. Under the Fifteenth Amendment black people had legal rights to vote across America. However, many southern states found ways around the laws to disenfranchise the black populations.
Implying Negroes perceive the ability to strive yet, diminish due to the lack of formal education. On the other hand Miss Tate’s counterpart Lula, devalues the black community by confirming stereotypes. The fact Lula is out-spoken doesn’t necessarily mean she is well-spoken. Her aggressive behavior puts her loved ones at risk. Drowning in her own pool of ignorance, Lula criticizes Jem and Scout’s presence at the black church despite their relation to Atticus Finch, the one lawyer in America self-righteous enough to defend a black man.
To conclude, black people all over the world, wherever they live were for a long time victim of racism for their skin color. People treated them badly only because they had a darker skin color, forgetting that that we are all humans and the color of our skins an where we come from doesn’t indicate our personalities and beliefs. Black in America suffered a lot for reason of racism and went through the hard ships and difficulties
Segregation has been shown in many way and in different forms of housing, industries and often in our school board . The factor segregation we face today started when slaves gained their freedom in the southern cities back in the 19oo‘s . The black community “were look as an inferior race” in the eye’s of the White American community (Woodward). Even after they won their freedom everyone still saw them unequivalent, and discrimination continued. The southern states started to segregate without sanction; “a segregated society is one in which members of different races rarely, if ever, come into contact with one another as equals” (Dizard).These free-men and freewoman were often denied their civil rights and were discriminated by railroads hotels, and inns.