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The Role Of Racism In The 1960s

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Eyes on the Prize The Ain’t Scared of your Jails episode took place during 1960-1961. In February 1960 four black students sat at a downtown lunch counter. At that time that was unacceptable for there was segregation. This sit in encouraged people to join and enter Lawson’s non-violence workshop. However, after a few sit-ins gangs started to come downtown and harass the demonstrators. When the cops were called the demonstrators were arrested. Once the students were arrested the black community started to support them and gave them food, bailed them out, and defended them in court. Joining the protest, the rest of the community decided not to buy from the downtown stores in Nashville. Violence rose in Nashville. When asked about the lunch counter discrimination, Major West admitted that it was wrong. After his statement colored people started getting served in the lunch counter. However, participating in one of the sit-ins Dr. King got arrested. Running for president Kennedy did not comment publicly but instead called Mrs. King and got Dr. King out of jail. Then in 1961 the Rosa Parks refused to sit in the…show more content…
This episode mainly talked about how it was extremely hard for colored people to vote even though by law they had the right to. The civil rights movement was 10 years old and the nonviolence movement seemed to have reached its peak and alternative methods suggested by Malcom X were being considered. When the polls were opened to register to vote many colored people lined up but few stayed and fewer qualified to vote. When the racist Sheriff Jim Clark arrested a respected black woman it was the tipping point for Selma. 105 black teachers marched in protest to the court house even though they knew they could be fired. “Teachers there was somewhat like up in the upper class, you know. People looked up to teachers then, they looked up to preachers. They were somewhat like leaders for back then”
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