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In the south of America during the racist 30-50’s, racism, segregation and white supremacy were prevalent and largely accepted in society. As these discriminatory beliefs were so embedded in the culture at the time, it was extremely difficult for the repressed African Americans to overcome them, and this process took time and many different methods. Using mostly peaceful protests and the power of numbers, African Americans were ultimately successful in shifting the culture at the time to accept people of all races.
The nature of the discrimination during this time was that racism and segregation was extremely embedded in the culture. The Jim Crow Laws ...view middle of the document...
Black citizens that rebelled against white supremacy, who were said to have committed a crime and even white citizens that supported equal rights were all targeted, often without the perpetrators facing court. The Ku Klux Klan often carried out ‘lynchings’ in which they would brutally murder people who were said to have rebelled against the Jim Crow Laws. They burned down black facilities such as schools and churches in order to cause fear. Their actions often did spark fear in the population, and for many years this quelled any sort of protest or rebellion. What did not help was the fact that the Ku Klux Klan was often extremely embedded in communities, with corrupt officials and police officers often being a member of the Klan themselves, or simply overlooking the crimes they committed.
The Afro-Americans methods of overcoming discrimination were slow but ultimately successful, largely due to their lack of violence and long - term persistence. They were also so successful due to the fact that in many cases, they joined together as a community to try and end discrimination, making them much more powerful then they would have been individually. In the legal case named ‘Brown vs. The board of education’, the segregation between blacks and whites in public schools was peacefully and legally brought to an end. In the Montgomery bus boycott, the Afro-American society monopolised on the bus industry’s dependence on their business to end the segregation on public buses. Many people risked their freedom and even their lives in the hope of one day changing the American Culture so that their children could have a better life and greater opportunities. They were peaceful and kind in the face of violence and injustice, and their patience and self sacrifice helped pave the way for an America in which any sort of discrimination is illegal.
Whilst the success of the coloured people at overcoming discrimination was largely due...