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Friday, April 5, 2013

Separate, but Equal?

Jim Crow Laws were laws that declared that blacks and whites remain separate, but equal.  You should know that although that was the motto, it was NOT in the slightest bit equal.

White boys protesting school with African Americans.

Jim Crow Laws.

Separate yet equal? 

Even Public Officers had to remain separate.

White men didn't want to go to school with African Americans.

Knowing that this was how African Americans were treated, how does this make you feel? Was it really equal?

Gandhi and India

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, was an inspirational leader in the Civil Rights Movement in India. Gandhi was the the leader of a nonviolent civil disobedient act, leading to the freedom of India from Britain's reign. Like the Civil Rights Movement in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, the Indian Civil Rights Movement was a way for people to get their rights and freedoms without resorting to violence. In both cases, both the struggles of African-Americans and Indians paid off. African-Americans gained rights and freedom in American while Indians gained freedom, rights, and a whole new society for the simple reason that they stood up for what they believed and remained nonviolent. The key factor in both cases is that both parties remained nonviolent. This proved to be important because it proved to the abusers that these people (the African-Americans and Indians) were humane and civil, just like them.

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

Big Moments of the Civil Rights Movement

There were many important moments that we all know about that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. 

Click here to read about them in depth. 

What did the African American Civil rights movement look like?

African Americans protesting for their right to vote.
Police treating the human worse than the dog.

African American rights sit in.

Police beating African Americans

People against African American rights set the cars on fire.

Police dragging an African American.

Protests against African American rights.

Jim Crow laws.

Protests for African American rights.

Jim Crow Laws.

Fighting segregation of schools.

Segregation today??

It's scary to think that we live in a world that contains segregation still today. But yes, it is true. Still today, we are facing segregation.

So today we are asking YOU, how does it make you feel to know that for years and years we have been battling over Civil Rights to African Americans and it's still not over? When will it end? Will it ever? 

Misconceptions about Civil Rights

The most common misconception of this time is that many people think African-Americans suddenly began fighting for their rights and freedoms. In reality, African-Americans had been fighting for these rights and freedoms since being captured and brought to the United States. African-Americans did not suddenly decided in the 1950s and 60s  to begin fighting for their freedoms, it had been a long term fight that finally caused national eruption at this time.


Another misconception of this time was that white people believed African-Americans had different diseases. For this reason, many whites did not approve of sharing bathrooms and public places with African-Americans. White people had the fear that they would pick up new diseases if they came in direct contact with African-Americans but obviously this is clearly a misconception.

A few myths and misconceptions about slavery and the Civil Rights Movement


Prejudice doesn't just fall out of the sky and into your brain. So where does it come from? 

Well... prejudice starts usually from stereotypes, which are usually just made up and not true about the specific group. Prejudice can start from the people around you. People usually just go along with what their family and friends think. Prejudice also starts from personal experiences. For example if someone of a specific race does something wrong to you, you might think that the whole race is like that. 

Prejudice still exists today. People say it is even worse today than it was in the past. They say that it is worst due to mass media. 

Prejudice can be avoided though. Read this article to find out how.