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Something so dynamic that seems as far off as a delusion, but is equally important for understanding American history after 1945 are race and class. One needs to understand that both terms are equally important. The distinctions between the two are so intertwining, that discussing which is more important really depends on the person speaking.

People of color would say race, because during the postwar time period, your race defined your place in the social class; having the same social, economic or educational status. The preconceived judgment white Americans held against black Americans was their intelligence. Psychologically speaking, it was known widely that blacks were better suited for certain types of jobs, their laziness, and their dependence. How can one ever rise above their degraded position if never giving the opportunity by stronger powers? You cannot. Thomas Surgue, author of “Urban Crisis Race and Inequality in Detroit. *Michigan, states: “Racism is portrayed as a pathological condition, an unchanging part of white culture. But the word “racism” oversimplifies what was a complicated and multifaceted reality.” 89.

Race never played the “more important concept” after 1945 because, class and race are entwined social identities. Jefferson Cowie stated: “Class and race are fundamentally intertwined social identities in American history.” White Americans who lived outside black ghettoes translated the ghettos as suggestion that “blacks would ruin any white neighborhood that they move into.” Black Americans who lived in the ghettos were placed into the category of “the undeserving poor” and “a threat to urban law and order.” White Americans developed a sense of an economic fear. “Housing for Negroes was the Number One problem.” Surgue 147. Black Americans of the lower class in 1950 agonized the shortage of housing and housing prices in Detroit. Properties in these older black American living neighborhoods, demanded a higher costs for down payments, maintenance, and higher-interest which filled their housing expenses.
With the information presented, we can agree that the racial discrimination against African Americans of the lower class, exploits the two important concepts; race and class. Both equally important and intertwined together.

*I have an Ebook for “The Urban Crisis” book page numbers might be different from others.


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