Jim Crow and Civil Rights Today
By: Zoe Bradford, Laura Lamb, and Jun Yi
What is the origin of your locale's inequality?
How does that unequality take shape today?
-The average white household had nearly $800,000 in assets in 2011, compared to blacks with $154,00
-Black poverty rate has dropped 40% in the 1960’s to about 27% today.
-Blacks have greatly improved in the rate of graduating high school, but still lag in college graduation rates.
What role does culture play in inequality?
What is the political response to inequality in that region?
What role has the government played in shaping inequality in the region?
The systems of the Jim Crow Laws passed by the government imposed massive deprivation, required sustenance from racist ideology, and left a legacy of disadvantage and indignity. The Jim Crow laws were finally abolished on 2 July 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson historically signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Civil Rights Today: Although laws were passed to try to end inequality, unfortunately the laws cannot change people's way of thinking. The government's role in shaping inequality is to hear and investigate civil rights violations.