Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Reconstruction is believed to have started after the Civil War in 1863 and ended in 1877. At this time many African Americans were getting more rights but as soon as it ended so did the rights. After the reconstruction era there was Jim Crow laws. These laws kept african americans who could technically vote from voting and made segregation as we know it. There was push back though during WWII and from the growing membership of the NAACP. The main reason in WWII for wanting to end Jim Crow is because without equality African Americans would be easier to corrupt with communism. Soon after that the supreme court ruled the Jim Crow laws unconstitutional. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is believed to be the complete end to the Jim Crow laws but Alexander (the author of the article we read) argues that there is still Jim Crow just in new ways and that are not as openly racist as before.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
In America there were the rich and the poor. The poor included African American slaves and poor whites. In the beginning these two subgroups worked together and had started becoming welcoming to each other. That was true until the "racial bribe" was created. Soon privileges were given to poor whites and not the slaves to create a divide between the groups. These privileges included the whites having greater access to Native American land, parameters were set so free labor wouldn't conflict with slave labor, and the poor whites were allowed to police slaves through slave patrols. This ultimately created a job caste system based on race and split the two subgroups into their own sections. All of this was justified by whites by saying, like the native Americans, African Americans were uncivilized and generally lesser than whites. This means that by saying people who weren't white were uncivilized or savages they justified, at least to themselves, the wrongful treatment of other races.
Friday, January 20, 2017
The other day my class had to take implicit association tests and read some information on it. I found it interesting that even though people had biases it didnt mean they had prejudices just that they were raised in a certain environment. I also learned that I am an outlier in preferences towards able bodied people and disabled people. My test showed I had a bias towards disabled people when the majority of people had biases towards able bodied people. Now this might be because as the information we read said "we encourage people not to focus on strategies for reducing bias, but to focus instead on strategies that deny implicit biases the chance to operate." When I meet someone I don't immediately think "oh they're disabled." I try to think around that and not focus on it until it's brought up by them. I find it interesting that biases are just ingrained in some cultures because at some point the bias had to start somewhere but who knows truly where.