Freedom Summer of 1964

Background

George Wallace and other southern political members are using all their power to quiet down the Civil Rights Movement. From abusing the protesters to hate speeches made known to the public to making state laws that are unjust. All so they can have what they've always had before, and that was Supremacy. The Freedom Summer of 1964 was created a year later George Wallace's 1963 speech and they wanted to turn everything around for the good.

The Goal & Demographics

The Freedom Summer of 1964 was a voter registration project created by the civil rights groups including the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Their goal: To have more people register in Mississippi and have diversity in races when voting. Along with their main goal, they also wanted to challenge the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and etc. With multiple laws passed (Most notable: Civil Rights Act of 1964) in their favor, they tried to bring in more African Americans to use their right to vote in the southern states. Even though the movement was composed by Black Mississippians, there were over than a thousand out-of-state white volunteers. A famous notable that participated and held a voice in this protest is Fannie Lou Hamer.

Obstacles

This project caught many obstacles along their journey. White Supremacy Groups (mostly the KKK and local authorities) would carry violent attacks against them to quiet them. They even went as far as killing 3 people in the process. Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney were badly beaten and their bodies were not recovered until 6 weeks later. The top picture shows James Chaney's grave. All Mississippi elected officials would try anything they can (they would make laws more and more strict and make more and more unjust laws that would favor them or white supremacy groups) to quiet the fire that has been covered by national media.

Impact

Since the Freedom Summer was shown in National Television, it also showed the violence and the brutality of the Oppressors trying to keep them from voting, which ended up being in their favor. The Aftermath? One, millions of citizens are now aware of the oppression of African-Americans and how they're treated unfairly and unjust. Two, 2 laws were passed because of the impact of the Freedom Summer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. Lastly, African-Americans, especially in Mississippi, gained political experience & skills, which led them to better conscience voting & running for office wasn't a one-sided affair.

Today

In today's world, minority groups still suffer oppression from other larger minorities or the majority. Immigration has been the subject of politics for a long time. Eli Saslow from The Washington Post wrote an article called, "In a crowded immigration court, seven minutes to decide a family's future." The article states, "This system is so underfunded, there are only 250 judges in the entire country! Each judge handles 1,500 cases a year! That's over three times as many as regular judges." This excerpt means that these immigration judges take more cases than regular judges do, and immigration is very vital for many that want to live a new life. With that many cases on their hands, their chances of making a mistake are great because they're overloaded with these cases that their deprived of energy for them to make the right decision. With Trump's new immigration plan, many races have protested and have fought for this plan to be stopped, and so far, the plan is by looked by the Supreme Court to see if it's a valid and just.

Citations

“Wisconsin Historical Society.” Overview of the 1964 Freedom Summer | Wisconsin Historical Society, www.wisconsinhistory.org/Content.aspx?dsNav=N%3A4294963828-4294963805&dsRecordDetails=R%3ACS3707. Accessed 26 Apr. 2017.

Saslow, Eli. "In a crowded immigration court, seven minutes to decide a family's future." Washington Post. Nash Holdings LLC, 2 Feb. 2014. Web.

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