Growing Inequality for Blacks Essay

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Growing Inequality for Blacks

Inequality, a growing situation for most blacks, is not only influenced by racism, but is primarily caused by structural and economic forces as a result of class. Today's inequality, chiefly the result of structural and economic forces, has been paved through a history of racial discrimination creating badly paid and poorly educated blacks. The steady decline of racism during the de-industrialization period, led to a growing success of the black middle class and an increase of poverty in the black lower classes. The growing success of the black middle class resulted in relocation from the inner cities to the suburbs unintentionally resulting in worse living conditions for the black lower classes. In
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Between 1890 and 1950, great improvements in machinery resulted in a labor saving economy resulting in less blacks being needed on southern plantations. Millions of blacks were not needed and became an economic liability causing more than forty percent to shift towards the cities in the Northeast and Midwest in search of jobs. Because the white workers were involved in the World Wars, blacks were needed for industries. When the whites returned from the wars, the first competition for similar jobs between the two races occurred. Many industries often tried to get rid of white workers because the blacks would work for a lot less. As result of this competition, whites began to use power to fend off the competition. They recreated a system of segregation from competing with poor black workers and thus influenced exclusion once again at another level. (Stokes)
The paternalistic racism of the past shifted to an antagonistic form and as a result lynching became the greatest part of American culture. Between the 1920s and late 1940s violence intensified as a result of antagonistic racism. Once again, the economic interests of the whites promoted racial exclusion. Black men were considered to be dangerous in an unconscious competitive sort of way, but consciously as immoral beings. This different kind of racism

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