The lives of blacks improved since the 1950’s Essay

Source G gives an outline of anti-discrimination laws imposed since the 1950’s. In 1964 source G states that the civil rights act outlawed discrimination of a racial nature in everyday life like employment and schools. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was set up to investigate complaints. This shows that the government was taking a stand against discrimination. The voting rights act and the Civil Rights Act also show that politicians were taking an interest in these matters. This could not made life for blacks any worse and source G to me does show progression the government’s views at least.

Source H is the account of the journalist who travelled through two southern states and claims to see an improvement in life for blacks. Although this is one man’s opinion, he was there at the time and as a primary source it i quite useful. If what he said is true then in this case intergration is now a reality. This would be a good thing.

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Source I gives statistics of things concerning the black community in a number of areas of life. It shows some evidence of improvement. It shows some evidence of improvement. It shows that the number of black elected officials has risen from 280 to 7,552 since the 1960’s. These statistics appear to show improvement for black people.

Source J tells us that there are black elite of people such as actors, doctors, lawyers… who enjoy a lifestyle similar to that of the white middle class, which also appears to show improvement. Source G also states that black actors have had their films built around their personalities, which shows the black way of life was gaining respect as well as the race as a whole.

Source K is the story of the black riots in Los Angeles in the early nineties. The fact that the policemen were brought to trial shows improvement in the black way of life, as before the sixties it would have been highly unlikely that it would have gone to trial.

However we would have to question the reliability of these sources before we can create a full and accurate picture.

Source G might not actually be totally reliable as the laws may not have been informed and therefor there would have been no improvement. Source H may also not be useful as it is an extract and may not show the full picture of what happened. Also the historian is basing his findings on two states which he passed through. This is also just opinion based.

Source I although it shows improvements shows that in some cases things haven’t improved. There are no statistics to compare to white people to get a full indication of how things have moved on. Also statistics like the rise in complaints also may show that things are better because blacks feel they can speak out. But we can not tell because there is nothing to say this a result of blacks feeling more confident or if discrimination has become more frequent.

Source J is only based on opinion and we cannot generalise from this that things have got better or worse. But alot of what is stated is very negative and suggests that things have not moved forward, but in some cases backwards.

Source K is one event. It could be just a freak rarity and white policemen in the area could think highly of blacks. We cannot pass judgement from this one occurrence that life was bad for blacks everywhere.

These sources give us an incite into what life was like for blacks from the 1950’s but 5 sources cannot prove that life got better or worse.

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