Racism For Blacks InThe South During The 1930’s Jessica Berrios
Definition The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races
Background Of Racism Racism is as old as mankind. Racism, many times, arises from fear. In the United States, the has been discriminations against African Americans, Asian Americans, Latin Americans, European Americans, and Native Americans.
Racism In 1930’s A large majority of white population discriminated against African Americans. Most did not want to give them any rights but there were some who believe they should get legal rights but no political rights. Many thought African Americans did not know how act in society.
Racism In 1930’s African Americans were discriminated against through verbal and physical violence. Discriminations on streets, railroads, parks, libraries, and other public places Limited Education Discrimination in the courts Killings- lynching, shootings, etc. Ku Kulx Klan The Great Depression- hard economic times, even harder for African Americans
Racism In The 1930’s African Americans lived in deep fear. They were subject to verbal discrimination and brutal attacks on the streets. Anything they did could put them in danger. Just a slight suspicion from a white person could have been extremely dangerous for a African Ameican.
Scottsboro Case (1931) Nine African Americans were riding a train headed to Memphis when they were detained by police in Alabama for allegedly raping two white women. There was no evidence. Eight out of nine were sentenced to death.
Racism in The Piano Lesson Sutter owning Doaker Charles’ family Showed that Sutter thought that Doaker’s family had specific characteristics that applied to their race and that he was superior Doaker’s grandmother and father being sold for a piano They were seen as objects as opposed to people.
The Piano Lesson Having taken place around a time of racism, Berniece may have felt especially close to the piano. It connected to her culture and she embraced it. The beautiful artwork on the piano reminded Berniece of her special family ancestry and culture during a time when this culture was looked down upon by many.
The Piano Lesson Boy Willie knew that many saw African Americans as being nothing and most thought that the white man was superior. By selling the piano and buying the land, he would have felt that he was successful and equal white men.