Friday, June 21, 2013

Racism and racist newspaper coverage in the JAZZ AGE

There is a lot to celebrate about the JAZZ AGE. But there is also a lot to deplore. Racism in the United States, unfortunately, falls in the latter category. 

On June 21, 1923, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Evening Independent published the following news story, which reveals a great deal about the prevailing attitude in many areas of the country. Articles and editorials like these really provide you an insight into the deplorable racism prevalent in the United States during the 1920s and other decades. 

The same edition of the paper published the following editorial addressing what is now called the Great Migration, the movement of 6 million African Americans out of the rural South.

But it is also important to read books like Richard Wright's "Native Son" and Isabel Wilkerson's "The Warmth of Other Suns" to become acquainted with the African American experience during the time of the Great Migration.

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