Blacksin the 1950s and 1960s went through a difficult time, they were oftenharassed, mistreated ridiculed and mishandled merely for their race.The repercussions were that they were not united and often workedagainst each other. The purpose of this paper is to discuss thedifference in experiences between blacks in the 19th century andthose of the modern time.
Blackswere discriminated against in public places such as restaurants,buses, and restroom facilities whereby they could only visit and sitin seats that were reserved for blacks. They were denied bathroomprivileges with no substantial justification, and in restaurants, themanagement reserved the right of admittance. Blacks were oftenridiculed in public and harassed even with teenage boys because oftheir skin color. They were also referred to as "nigger"that was humiliating. They experienced deliberate cruelty from thewhites either in buses or shops they visited. For instance, a busdriver would not stop at the designated stop point of a black unlessother white passengers were alighting. Today, racial discriminationis criticized publicly, and social movements call for the persecutionof the culprits.
Theyexperienced economic injustice in that they could not work anywhereas per their wish, certain jobs were reserved for blacks, and in mostcases, they were menial jobs that paid poorly. They saw no sense instudying as they could not end up getting the jobs they desired aspriority was given to the whites. The formation of the EqualEmployment Opportunity Commission that advocates for equal rights ofall races and gender in recent times has seen equal job opportunitiesfor all. In the 19th Century, the whites lived separately fromblacks there was minimal interaction unless necessary. Blacks whohappened to live in the homes of the whites were low skilled laborerssuch as maids and servants that worked in the fields. Currently,anyone can live wherever they desire, laws protect individuals andadvocate for the freedom to live and work in any state.
Insummary, there is a notable difference between the blacks of the 19thCentury and those of the present world. They were denied basic rightsand were not empowered to fight for their rights. Today, there isfreedom of speech and movement. People live freely and have a chanceto achieve their dreams, and race is not a hindrance to progress.
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