Discrimination In The Life Of Medgar Evers

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“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

To quote the Merriam-Webster dictionary, hatred is a strong feeling of dislike. During the 1960’s in southern United States and other parts of the world, a lot of hate had been generated which was directed towards black people because of their skin colour and heritage. Many people and activists, including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers were confronted with hate because they were coloured people living in a racially segregated community. Though white people and a few black people discouraged Medgar Evers and did not believe in him, he still wanted to make a possible change in the world which would create a difference for coloured people so they would be
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In the Merriam- Webster dictionary discrimination is a term used to define the practice of unfairly treating a person or a group of people differently from other people or groups of people and it can be a matter of gender, race or age. Medgar Evers was one of the many activists and people that faced discrimination because he was a coloured person who lived in a racial community. Discrimination was a challenge for Medgar Evers since he had to deal with it every step he took, from racial comments to being excluded from his own community.
On July 2 1946… Medgar, Charles and four other World War II veterans walked into the country courthouse. Word about their plans to vote had spread… A cluster of about twenty- well armed white men stood at the courthouse entrance… the sheriff wasn’t going to let us vote”(page
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To quote the Merriam- Webster dictionary harassment is to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way. Medgar Evers and coloured people faced a lot of harassment during the 1960’s because many white people wanted black people to stay inferior to them. Harassment was one tactic out of many which were used to aggravate coloured people, and to make matters worse, they were unable to do nothing about it as it was illegal for a black person to fight back or hit a white person/ Myrlie states “ Medgar was physically and emotionally exhausted; his family now received dozens of telephone hate calls at all hours of the day and night” (page 261). This quote determines the hatred Medgar Evers faced by the racist community since he received repetitive threatening phone calls because he wanted to make a change in his community. Many racist white people were angry at the fact of rules being abolished and activist who tried to change the community so they began to give threats to Medgar as a result of his work. As it states Medgar was “physically and emotionally exhausted” by the threats he received because it was now affecting his family as well and he would have to take precautions of many racist people and organizations such as the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) since they detested coloured people and wanted a white dominant society. Medgar was in a tough position since day by day the threats increased and became very

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