Racial Tension Has Decreased in the U.S.?

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Racial tension in the United States has decreased in some ways but in others it has remained the same. During the 1950's there was stereotyping and unequal opportunities in education and jobs for blacks. For a long period of time, blacks had few rights. They were not treated as equals and had to struggle to end racial tension. Today, blacks are respected and treated as equals in almost every industry, but racial tension has not completely ended. An example of racial tension today is stereotyping.

Society has improved in many areas, but this is not enough. An improvement that we need to make is to end stereotyping. Stereotyping is a challenge for many people. It is whether or not we can get along together without judging each other by the color of our skin. In the 1950's, many white people did not get along with black people because of the color of their skin.

Whites thought blacks were stupid and no good. They made assumptions about black people without getting to know them. People today still jump to conclusions when they see someone different than them by the way they look or dress.

During the 1950's there were schools that did not allow blacks. Schools for the whites were nice and clean and schools for the blacks had very little supplies and were dirty; this soon changed. Schools that had segregated children had to bring them together. Even though black and white children were together, it didn't mean everything was fair. In today's schools both black and white students receive equal education.

In the fifties, jobs were limited for blacks and they had a hard time finding a decent job. They would receive low wages and perform physical jobs that were very demanding. Jobs today are mostly equal and fair...