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Question: Did racism become worse after slaves were free!?
Discrimination was bigger than ever, wasn't it!? "No drinking at this water fountain! No sitting on this bench!" It seems almost as bad, because people kept making rules keeping African-Americans down!. Did they hope that the race would die out because of a lack of food, because of a lack of jobs, because of a lack of mixing in!?Www@QuestionHome@Com

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I think I see where you are going with this!. Yes, in some ways racism -- specifically against African-Americans was worse after the Civil War!.

Granted, slaves were treated horribly and I'm not debating that point, however things changed after the war!. People who were once slaves are now competing for paying jobs and that was a HUGE deal!. also, you cannot change perception by simply saying "slaves are free"!. The Civil War didn't automatically make people see African-Americans as equal -- even the abolitionists didn't really believe that!. But now, since they were free and citizens, it skewed what people were used to!. So, in order to maintain some sort of balance -- to keep the social world as close as possible -- a new kind of racism flourished!. This is what the Civil Rights movement was about!.

Hope that answered your question!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I think it was horrible in the beginning during slavery, but after they were set free, those plantation owners got even angrier that their "labor" was gone!. That pent up anger resulted in even more excess hatred towards the African American race!. Plus, there was no KKK before the Civil war; just after!. :(Www@QuestionHome@Com

Racism is worse now because now you don't know who is truly racist!. At least back then you could identify them!. Your teacher could be racist but you don't know until your left behind!. Rodney King didn't know the cop that pull him over was racist until the billyclub split his head open!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

You are an Idiot if thats the way you think! During slavery they were FORCED TO WORK for no pay, They were prohibited from learning, Seperated from their family, oh yeah and Beaten!! Racism is horrible and is a serious issue but don't even compare racism to slavery!Www@QuestionHome@Com

Racism isn't just between African Americans!.!.!.it's between ALL races that is why it is called racism and African Americans were not the only slaves so your question doesn't really make sense!.!.!.!.Www@QuestionHome@Com