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Divided by Color: Race in America

In this multi-part series, Paper Lion staff member Tamiyah Fearrington examines the history of racism in America.

Part 2: Racism in Entertainment

Tamiyah Fearrington, Staff Writer

Racism in America reaches all platforms, including entertainment. In the early to mid 19th century racism in entertainment became widely popular. For example, Minstrel shows were theater performances where white performers used blackface and a variety of skits making fun of African Americans. Minstrel shows were around since the 1830s and up until 1910, and were very popular in American society.  ...

Part I: Plessy v. Ferguson and the Jim Crow Laws

Tamiyah Fearrington, Staff Writer

Segregation, or racial segregation by definition, is the systematic seperation of people.  In 1865, the Civil War came to an end and officially abolished slavery in America. However, it did not grant any human rights to freed slaves. Fast forward 27 years later, in 1892, Homer Plessy, a mixed man living in New Orleans, was arrested when he tried to sit in an all-white train car. Plessy and his lawyers...

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