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  • People felt threatened by blacks.

    19 79.17%
  • Racists wanted to keep black people opressed.

    22 91.67%
  • Unfortunately, hate was winning out for that time period.

    16 66.67%
  • Actually, it was a prudent measure to protect people from violence.

    7 29.17%
  • It was just far better to keep people apart who were too different to relate.

    7 29.17%
  • God commanded us to keep difference races separate.

    7 29.17%
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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Because race mixing, at that time, was communist....



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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Because race mixing, at that time, was communist....

    Oh, brother. I didn't realize they used such a ridiculous argument for it. I thought they at least kept their arguments semi-plausible to someone with an IQ of 80.

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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Segregation happened before my time. I was sad to find out it went on even in the city where I live (which is not down south). Today, it seems so obvious that segregation was an injustice. It makes me wonder why we ever had it. Just two words , ignorance and fear.
    Often, I have written "we need a better people"..
    Well we do a a much better populous than say 50 -100 years ago.

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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Oh, brother. I didn't realize they used such a ridiculous argument for it. I thought they at least kept their arguments semi-plausible to someone with an IQ of 80.
    There weren't any logical arguments for it, so they had to use ridiculous ones.

    White people, many of them at least, were brought up to believe that blacks were inferior, were sub human in fact. It took a long time for those old stereotypes to be held up to the light of day and seen to be based on ignorance and prejudice.

    Much as black people, at least a few of them, are being brought up to believe that the problems they have are the fault of white people.

    It's racism, pure and simple, and has been a bane of humanity for centuries.
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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Oh my, that's brings back painful memories. I remember when all of this was going on and the sort of people seen picketing here were blocking doorways to schools and attacking black children as integration began. It was a dark, dark time in our history and it wasn't all that long ago.

    I'm glad that most here cannot remember this period and am proud to have had a small part in helping get those wretched laws repealed.

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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    I am proud of the fact that I am too young to remember Segregation.

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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Ironically, one of my young adult grandchildren asked me about segregation last night because her 3rd grade daughter is studying it in her history book. She just couldn't wrap her head around the idea that people would be singled out for discrimination solely on the basis of something like skin tone.

    While I was trying to help her understand what the US was like back in the 1950s we ventured off into McCarthyism and the demonetization of all people who had any connection whatsoever (voluntary or not) with Communism. My granddaughter said "Oh, this is sort of like how some people demonize all Muslims based on the actions of a few radicals". Out of the mouth of babes.....

    We then discussed the recent spate of 'illegal immigrant' laws which are pretty much based on skin tone and racial characteristics and allow law enforcement to demand paperwork from Hispanics that would land them in court if it were demanded of blond-haired, blue-eyed people.

    She finally understood. Hoping this will help some here understand how and why segregation took place. We need to be vigilant so that this never happens again.

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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Okay, the poll is done now. Took me a few minutes. You can vote now if you want.
    Everything is slanted toward the outcome you desire. This is not a good poll.

    How about "it existed so that people today can feel good about themselves because they didn't live then and would have been caught-up in it due to class structure and tradition."

    sanctimonious comes to mind...

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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    Blacks were kidnapped and brought to the US as slaves. In order to make this practice mesh with US morals, slaves had to be viewed as sub-human. Even if they were able to purchase their freedom or to escape or were freed by their owners, Blacks were not allowed to vote or own property or businesses. They were not seen as fully human for many, many years after slavery was outlawed. This was the basis for segregation in the US IMO.
    Not only did whites own blacks, blacks owned blacks...here and in africa. Many war tribal factions were included in the sale of which side won. The ones who lost, got sold to the white man as slaves. And even in tribal villages, enemies of the more powerful were sold to slavers. But that's a whole new thread and this one is about why blacks were segregated. In my opinion, it was to try to keep control even after the civil war and blacks given their freedom. They might not be owned any more, but by golly, they were going to keep in their "proper place" with restrictions and made to feel less than anyone "white".

    Kind of like what Nazi's thought of Jews. Subhuman.

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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Enola View Post
    Not only did whites own blacks, blacks owned blacks...here and in africa. Many war tribal factions were included in the sale of which side won. The ones who lost, got sold to the white man as slaves. And even in tribal villages, enemies of the more powerful were sold to slavers. But that's a whole new thread and this one is about why blacks were segregated. In my opinion, it was to try to keep control even after the civil war and blacks given their freedom. They might not be owned any more, but by golly, they were going to keep in their "proper place" with restrictions and made to feel less than anyone "white".

    Kind of like what Nazi's thought of Jews. Subhuman.
    yes, up until 1964 and 1968, blacks in this country truly were "untermenschen".

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