“White and coloured” – A dark side of the American history

In today’s class we saw the movie “The Great Debaters”, here’s the summary:

A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

Source: IMDb

Not too long ago it was heavy racial segregation in America. It’s a taboo subject for many people. And it’s unbelievable that one needed a law that made it illegal to discriminate against race or gender. That should be self-explanatory! For  50 years ago it was perfectly acceptable to discriminate, nothing prevented you. People did it, and the society did not react to it. Why is that? Why do people need a law in order to stop discriminating? Separate schools, separate toilettes & separate places on the bus – that is totally unacceptable! Thankfully the world has grown a lot since then, but we’re still not there. We don’t have a world where people can just live happily together. Yet!


The Civil Rights Act is a law that made it illegal to discriminate based on race or gender. To be frank I think it still happens, I still think people are being discriminated based on gender or race.

That’s not how it should be. We need a world where people can live happily despite their differences. White or black, hetero- or homosexual, African or American – we need to hold together, accept our differences & make the world a place worth living!


One thought on ““White and coloured” – A dark side of the American history

  1. Ann S. Michaelsen Reply

    That is true, it is always a shock to see the conditions the African Americans lived under in 1936 and to think how long it took before conditions could be called equal.

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