by Sofia Miceli


Opposed to the inclusion or participation of those different from oneself, especially those of a different racial, ethnic, or social background (Mifflin).

When did it all start?

Racial intolerance goes way back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century, when North America was still part of the British Empire. The British associated dark skin color with negative behavior and evil, and this view came with them when they settled in North America in the seventeenth century. This was also the basis of slavery, when black people were dehumanized and forced into labor for many years (Rudd).

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The 1930s

Just in the 1900s, Jim Crow laws created racial segregation and severely limited black rights (Barnes). So in the 1930s, intolerance was still eminent.
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The Movement

Soon, people began to fight for a change. More and more people wanted equality and a few important individuals helped start what is know as the Civil Rights Movement.

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1930s and Today

Racial segregation ended when the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. The NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, worked hard to secure the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and eliminate racial prejudice (NAACP), as did many people all over the world. Now, racism is a minor problem and all races are treated equally. The United States has gone from keeping black people in the back of buses, to having a black President. Although there is still intolerance in other forms today, racial intolerance now is nothing like it was in the 1930's. More and more, the world is learning to coexist and tolerate those who are different from them. However, there is still a long way to go. Racial prejudice is over but the meaning of the word intolerance goes beyond racism.

Intolerance Today

Intolerance comes in many forms. Besides racial intolerance, there's intolerance of opinions, practices, behavior, orientation, and religious beliefs. These are still a problem today.
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Intolerance is not accepting those who are different from you.


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