Category: racism

When the US military tried segregating the pubs in Bamber Bridge…

When the US military tried segregating the pubs in Bamber Bridge in 1943, the local Englishmen instead decided to hang up “Black soldiers only” signs on all pubs as protest.

In 1958, a white girl kissed two African American boys, aged 9…

In 1958, a white girl kissed two African American boys, aged 9 and 7, on the cheeks. The two boys were arrested, detained for 6 days without access to their parents or legal counsel, and were severely beaten by the police. The boys were detained for a total of 3 months.

Producers of The Jungle Book film originally considered Louis…

Producers of The Jungle Book film originally considered Louis Armstrong for the voice of King Louie, but were worried that choosing a black actor to voice an ape would cause controversy.

One of the first things free blacks could grow, eat, and sell…

One of the first things free blacks could grow, eat, and sell were watermelons. It became a symbol of freedom that was corrupted into a negative stereotype by southern whites and still persists today.

Lionel Richie grew up in racially segregated Alabama and once…

Lionel Richie grew up in racially segregated Alabama and once unwittingly drank from a whites only fountain. White men confronted his father, who grabbed Richie and ran off. Richie asked his father why he didn’t stay and fight. His dad answered, “I had a choice: to be a man or be a father.”

He managed to be both.