Racial Tensions Between Colored Americans And White Americans

1459 WordsDec 1, 20156 Pages
The 1950’s and 1960’s were plagued by racial tensions between colored Americans and white Americans. Colored Americans were denied equal access to education, jobs, and voting. After decades of oppression, the colored Americans felt worn out, and had already been through enough, and were finally ready to fight for change. Although the civil rights movement was supported mostly by the colored Americans, many white Americans were also ready for change. The interpretation of the civil rights era was modeled by the Brown vs. Board of education case, the imperative speech by John F. Kennedy, and the student non-violent coordinating committee proposal. In June 1892, the Plessy v. Ferguson case established the “separate but equal” frame for America and called it constitutional. The entire case occurred because Plessy was sitting on the “white” side of the train and despite his light complexion, was still sent to jail. However, equality came to a poorly limited extent. Some never felt equal at all. Decades later, in 1954, the Brown v. Board of education case dealt with an African American family asking for justice in regards to their daughter’s education. The Brown family, like many others, felt as though white children were seen as more deserving, and more capable, and therefore were receiving a better education than the colored children. In the “Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka” (Unger 262) case, Chief justice Warren, C.J challenged others and asked if the segregation of
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