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How widespread was intolerance of the blacks in the 1920's?

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How widespread was intolerance of the blacks in the 1920's? In the beginning black people were brought over to the USA as slaves. After the abolition of slavery, they were free, yet still treated as slaves by many. In general, this occurred throughout America, but it is obvious that this racism was far more concentrated in the South than the North. To be able to answer this question, we need to look at different experiences objectively, comparing the incidents in the North to the South. One of the reasons why racist incidents were so much greater in the South is because there, working class whites competed with blacks for unskilled jobs, such as farming. ...read more.

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Because of this racism in the South, many blacks moved to the North, in order to avoid it. Although the level of racism was much lower in the North, it still lacked equality in many areas. One is rent- blacks lived in crammed conditions, in segregations, and paid far higher rent than whites. Because of such racial intolerance, different religious and cultural groups preferred to live together, to avoid racism and unfair treatment. It was because of reasons as this that rather than everyone living together equally in America, that groups were formed, which consisted of one race and excluded others. In this aspect, it wasn't only the whites, which were racially intolerant towards others, but also vice versa. ...read more.

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Also, intolerance was not only limited to the general American society, but also individuals themselves. Many felt blacks were still slaves and should not be considered free, and many were too narrow-minded to embrace the multi-ethnicity ideal of the government. There were countless individual racist incidents, including violence. Because some policemen of the time still had individual opinions, they could have acted on their prejudiced views and did not impose the proper punishments unto the guilty. The perfect example for this are members of the Ku Klux Klan who were either in the police force, or in political power. Because of these reasons, the only conclusion seems to be that although obvious racism seems to have been much more concentrated in the South, in the North it was still apparent in many ways, yet more subtle than lynching. ...read more.

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