Segregation In The 1960's

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Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 segregation in the United States was commonly practiced in many southern states. African Americans were discriminated against repeatedly in the south and laws did nothing to protect them. The segregation in the time was supposed to be “separate but equal” but it was hardly close to that. The federal v. state controversy affected many people in the 1960’s because no one wanted to integrate. The struggle of federal v. state is affecting the world today with gun control just as it affected the 1960’s with segregation and integration. During the 1960’s, segregation and integration was a big deal because it affected everyone. “To put African American and white children in the same class was the most radical…show more content…
In Brown v. Board of Education it said that everyone was separate but equal. Many states abandoned their schools because they did not want to integrate them. By 1968, the supreme-court had ordered the desegregation laws be put into action as soon as possible. At the time of the law passage no one knew how big the effect would be. However, many white people did not want to send their children to school with African Americans so they either moved or had a protest. In Tennessee and Texas, more than 2% of black students enrolled in integrated schools. These were the only two southern states that had integrated schools in 1964. In Section 402, the Commissioner of Education can conduct a survey and tell the President if there was any lack of available of equal education (“Civil Rights Act of 1964”). Therefore, the president could intervene and fix any problems if there were any. Also, in Section 405, the Commissioner is authorized to make a grant in whole or in part to pay the cost of employing specialists to advise in problems dealing with desegregation. Due to this section, this gives people a way to get money in a public school. Even though education was a big deal, equality also affected
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