Thursday, February 25, 2010
"Race movement" and southern life
After the first world war, Africans came back home in what seemed like worse conditions. Blacks employed during the war were laid off and were not able to find jobs. Racism escalated, and violence against blacks increased as well. Veterans were even lynched. Segregation and racial inequality continued as the "normal" way of life for both whites and blacks in the south. As a result, race riots spurred and blacks formed their own movement against the whites. The main leader was Marcus Garvey who advocated for black nationalism and wanted a separate black nation. They believed that integration and equality were false hopes and that the black people should simply separate themselves. However, this movement did not last long as black leaders ended up disputing against one another and Garvey misused the movement's money.