Pre-AP English 8-4
2 December 2011
The Psychological Impact of Civil Rights
I will talk about civil rights which include racism and “I, Too” by Langston Hughes. I will also speak to the lack of education with my example being Ruby Bridges’s story, “Through My Eyes”. This then, will lead us into the psychological impact, and how it affects society today. Along these lines, I will discuss the emotional impact of racism and the lack of education for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement.
The cruelty of racism ran ramped in America. In addition to the random humiliation, there were also people who were tortured and killed. Within a fifty year time period beginning in 1889, blacks in America were lynched at the rate of more than one a week. Most killings occurred in the south. Nineteen lynching took place in Dallas, Alabama. More took place in Lowndes County, and county east of Dallas. Many of these crimes were gruesome affairs, the stories would echo throughout the state. Many lynching that occurred were due to the “so-called sexual aggression” that black men had towards white women, which the white men folk perceived as a threat to the purity of their white women.
In the 1930s, black sharecroppers began to organize, striving for a better life. Consequently, it was having a positive effect on the economy. Many of the local whites organized a party of their own called the (Klu Klux Klan). This organized gang started to hunt the sharecroppers down or any blacks that they perceived as getting out of their place. Including, burning down schools that taught black children to read. Doing whatever was necessary to get their point across. Many of the organizers were shot, hung or grisly beaten until they begged for their lives (Gaillard xiii).
The power of White America against the black sharecroppers or any black person seeking change was recounted recently, by a church member of mine, during the celebration of...