Racism By Langston Hughes

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Racial tensions in the south were stronger than ever due to the brown v board of education court case stating that segregated school was unconstitutional(the belief of white supremacy). The south reacted to the brown v board of education case through massive resistance where they allowed no whites to attend integrated schools, forced school boards to assign blacks and whites to different schools, and closed down schools to turn them private to whites.(Doc W)During the 1950s blacks were oppressed similarly to antebellum America except that they were not slaves they were now seen as another race. African Americans couldn’t talk or interact with any white person in any way and if they did they would be killed either by lynching or murdering, which …show more content…
He explains how even though African Americans were promised equality, freedom, and nondiscrimination through paper, those dreams never came true.(Doc T). If a dream is deferred Langston questions it by saying if “it explodes”, (Doc T) showing how violence can occur if African Americans aren’t granted their freedom. The southern racial hatred towards African Americans was so extreme and it was documented John Howard griffin turned himself black in order to experience the oppression. As he tried looking for a job one day the employer told him “no you couldn’t get anything like here”, later on explaining how whites “are going to do” their best to “drive every African-american out of state”(Doc V) Such disgust, and disgraceful were whites after ww2 specifically in the south. If …show more content…
For example, They were expected to be submissive to their husband and appease them without making any comments, starting any argument or, making him mad in any sort.(Doc Q) In addition, women were even portrayed as submissive in advertisements. One example was by selling a mixer, and the ad read “The Chef does everything but cook- that’s what wives are for!”, implying that women are like cooking machines, all they do is stay home and cook that’s what they are useful for.(Doc R)This ad shows how this is the way women were supposed to behave in homes, and it was seen as a national tradition during post ww2 America. Being a housewife was not an easy task since The Rolling Stones made a song called “Mother’s Little Helper”. This song portrayed a suburban housewife who took an addictive pill to get through her day.(Little helper) Women did notice the stereotype that was placed on them, and it’s evident when a woman wrote a letter to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt explaining how she should not be traveling the country but stay at home and “keep the white house clean”(Doc P) Bringing up

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