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Discrimination Sources Question

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1. 2. a) Social discrimination is shown in source one. Source two shows racial segregation in the work area where a water fountain is labelled 'for coloured only'. b) Source two shows a water fountain labelled 'for coloured only' showing how black people were discriminated against. Source one is a speech by Martin Luther King quoted in 'The USA: A divided union' by Neil De Marco. He supports what source two says in his speech when he says, "On your job...you would use a water fountain and lavatory labelled coloured". 3. In source one racial and social discrimination are shown. We see this when Martin Luther King talks about 'jim-crow hospitals' and makes points that show social discrimination based on race. We see this when he says, "spend your childhood playing mainly in the streets because the 'coloured' parks were simply inadequate". This shows that black children's play areas were far below the standard of those made for white children. Also, he mentions about racial, social and economic discrimination in the work area when he says "you had better settle on doing menial work...if you were fortunate enough to get a job you could expect...that promotion would not come to you, but to a white employee regardless if your comparative talents...on your job you would eat in a separate place and use a water fountain and lavatory labelled coloured". Also, at the end of this source political discrimination against blacks is shown when Martin Luther King says, "you would be confronted with every conceivable obstacle to taking that most important walk a Negro American can take- the walk to the ballot box!" ...read more.

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This provides strong objective evidence of white peoples attitudes towards desegregation and is backed up by what is said in sources seven and nine. The only problem with this source is that people may have given false answers but this in unlikely as the poll would have been carried out very professionally and people wouldn't have been worried about what answer they gave. 4. Source eleven, although not reliable, is extremely useful to us as it shows the opinion of a white politician at this time. This shows us how he represented the view of most Southern white people. Also, it shows how he tried to justify segregation when he says "separation promotes mutual harmony...segregation is not discrimination". It also says "segregation is desired and supported by the vast majority of the members of both the races in the South" and because it is contradicted by all the other sources examined we see this source is biased. This source helps us to understand why black people resorted to protesting in the street. 5. Sources eight and ten show white peoples contempt towards black people. Source eight shows a picture of a black girl trying to get into a 'white' school with women and girls all around her mocking her. Nearby, two guards can be seen making no effort to try and assist the girl. This is consistent with the girl's account of this situation in source nine. In this source it is all women throwing verbal abuse. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also, blacks were disenfranchised, which meant they had no say in the countries political issues at all. Source thirteen shows life improving for black people, as anti-discrimination laws were formed and racial discrimination in the work area was outlawed (although this did lead to positive discrimination). Blacks were now given the right to vote and laws against anti-racial marriages were against the constitution. Source fourteen shows how bus companies improved as it shows a picture of a black woman (Rosa Parks) sitting in front of a white man which meant that black people could now sit where they liked on the bus. Though this is a positive change it doesn't indicate changes in any other conditions. Source fifteen shows position of African Americans and, with a few exceptions, there is a dramatic change in figures. The only problem is that these figures do not show those for white people, and for all anyone knows, they could be worse off. Source sixteen is a journalist's view in 1963. He states that "blacks move easily through white brick country court house". Although this statement is contradicted by source seventeen this man only observed what was happening as he was passing through and this was probably an accurate account. Source eighteen is an extract from "Civil Rights in America" by Tony Lancaster. He states that only a small majority of blacks were rich or part of an elite. All this evidence shows that although life for blacks had changed there were still major improvements to be made. ...read more.

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