African Americans and Segregation: The Civil Rights Movement

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Imagine being a Negro in the 20th century. To be hated because of the color of your skin, to still be a slave in a “slave-less world”, to fear speaking up for yourself because it will only result in losing everything or being killed, or to be constantly reminded of how unworthy you were. How far would you go to be looked upon as an equal? Throughout the 1950s, African Americans experienced things that made them who they were – angry Americans. They encountered racial discrimination, segregation, and unequal opportunities. Within the play Fences, by August Wilson, we can see just how the play exemplifies what is happening in the world around them.
African Americans experienced the hatred of the whites everywhere they went and soon it was
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Dr. Kenneth Clark, an African-American psychologist, presented results from experiments he had conducted in which 16 black children between the ages of six and nine were shown black and white dolls. The majority indicated that the black dolls looked “bad” and the white dolls “nice”” (Schwartz). Blacks of all ages were being tormented by whites and this caused more harm than good. Within the play, Cory and Troy were the main characters who were portrayed this way. Troy didn’t like the way his father treated him and in turn made Cory disagree with Troy’s parenting. Because blacks could not place their angry on the right individuals, it left many homes broken and unsafe to live in. But like everything in life, it takes time for change to happen.
African Americans always had to do as the whites demanded of them. But eventually they grew tired of being mistreated. And that was when everything began to change. African Americans began to speak up for themselves, “African Americans had been fighting against racial discrimination for centuries; during the 1950s, however, the struggle against racism and segregation entered the mainstream of American life (History 1950).” Even Troy spoke out about unequal opportunities when he was faced with it in the workforce, “why you got them white men’s driving and the colored lifting? What’s the matter, don’t I count? You think only white fellows got enough sense to drive a
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