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Jump to. In the s and s, women went to extreme lengths to fight against the desegregation of schools and other public spaces.
An as yet neglected chapter in the history of racism. When black students were allowed to attend white schools starting in the s, violence escalated in some cities and towns of the southern states. She focuses primarily on the activities of women. She has compiled the of her study in a book that will be published in early These protests have a long history.
After the American Civil War, when the military withdrew from the southern states, the entire public sphere was divided in two. Absolutely everything was deated for either white people or for black people: park benches, cemeteries, blood banks, buses, schools.
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Inthe Supreme Court legitimised this separation on condition that all these facilities were of equal value. Following the Second World War, they changed their strategy: they went to court.
And in the verdict was passed that triggered the coordinated protest of white people. Racial segregation in public schools was declared unconstitutional.
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These mothers incited their own children against their black classmates, physically attacked black parents, even threatened black children with death. The military had to intervene. Some schools remained closed for a year — better no school at all than sharing a school with black students. Their point was: today the state interferes in schools, tomorrow it will be the churches, next thing we know we will no longer decide anything. In doing so, they were turning the tables: our freedom is at stake.
There is a real threat of reverse discrimination.
In response, the so-called Massive Resistance emerged, demanding that the US government should keep out of the affairs of individual states. A new conservatism was spreading, and White Supremacy acted as its hinge.
Religion, anti-communism, and, at a later point, traditional values against the 68ers — White Supremacy helped unite and consolidate many different movements. You can find a detailed article on this topic in the science magazine Rubin.
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White women, class, and segregation. Press release. White mothers threatened black children These mothers incited their own children against their black classmates, physically attacked black parents, even threatened black children with death.
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