View Poll Results: Why did we have segregation? (check all that apply)

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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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Thread: Why did the US have segregation?

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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Quote Originally Posted by coolwalker View Post
    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...
    I've got another word to use for your opinion, hopefully its just sarcasm, but my doubts about that should tell you how people view you on this forum.

    Anywhoooooo Do you have an intelligent comment to add that's not sarcasm so we can get a better idea of your thought process and opinions? Do you disagree with the options in the poll? Do you think the poll in itself only exists so we can judge the past by a modern standard? Do you think segregation had some merit?

    Here's the thing though that you may not realize, if you reply with only sarcasm and arrogance you're not going to get a lot of replies from people. People will inevitably ignore you like your post was never there at all, even though you scream and rage through it. In other words, you'll be the loudest mute on the forums because while you'll make a bunch of noise you'll have no voice.

    Food for thought.

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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.
    I wouldn't think it was a requirement to view slaves as sub-human, or rather I don't think it was a consciousness decision but rather a natural evolution of perspective based on their traditional rolls in society at the time. In other words, if you only see black people working the farm, only see how uneducated they are, how poorly they live, etc etc. You're going to naturally develop some stereotypes about what kind of people they are.

    It's a natural function of the brain in a very complex world to make stereotypes so it knows how to react in similar situations to the one's its encountered before. I'm taking a very broad view of what is a stereotype here, for example knowing that every time you touch fire you get burned is a stereotype of fire, just like how if every time you talk to a black person they sound like an uneducated slob its a stereotype. And once all those stereotypes are negative, its another natural reaction to want to avoid contact with it. The same way many people are squeamish about touching someone who has HIV or AIDs, or using the same toilet seat for example. There's no reason to think its dangerous, because its not, but that part of their brain says its dangerous and should be avoided and separated.

    Of course there are other factors at play that made segregation and racism what they were, but I think this is a big part of it.

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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    People fear "different".

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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    People fear "different".
    That about sums it up, doesn't it? Blacks are different, Muslims, gays, all different. We can't associate with those people, because they're "different."
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    Re: Why did the US have segregation?

    Some excellent ideas on why racism existed in this thread.

    About the stereotypes - when I was a small child I asked the question every white kid eventually asks (even today): why is that person brown? I was told (not by my parent) that they were brown because their ancestors bred with apes. I don't think the person who told me this was trying to sway me toward racism - he actually believed this was the reason for the dark skin tone.

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