20 Photos Of Segregation In America That Show How Far We’ve Come, And How Much Farther We Have To Go

Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Condoleezza Rice are just some of the names that people tend to offer when saying that the United States is long past the days of Jim Crow. While such a statement is certainly debatable and in many ways untrue, what isn’t debatable is the fact that in terms of time, Jim Crow is not that far removed from us.

In reality, the last of the legal barriers facing African-Americans was torn down less than 50 years ago with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which disallowed racial discrimination when it came to voting in United States elections. Many amendments to that act have since been passed (some of which have effectively gutted it), and the Department of Justice believes the Voting Rights Act to be the most important legislation involving civil rights that has ever been enacted.

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American Segregation Playground

Black children look to a playground legally forbidden from them. Source: Daily Mail

American Segregation Mannequins

This image was shot by Gordon Parks on assignment for the September 1956 Life magazine photo-essay The Restraints: Open and Hidden. Source: Daily Mail

American Segregation Ice Cream Stand

Here, we see an Alabama eatery where a family orders ice cream from the “colored” side of the counter. Source: Daily Mail

American Segregation Colored Water Cooler

A young man drinking from a colored fountain located in a streetcar terminal. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1939. Source: Wikipedia

American Segregation Military Police

A military policeman shown on his motorcycle, in front of the "colored" MP entrance during the Second World War. Source: Wikipedia

American Segregation Back Of The Bus

If not separated completely, then by section; all African Americans were relegated to the rear of a bus. Source: Gallery Hip

American Segregation Colored Taxi Service

Segregation in transportation went further than just the public bus system. Source: Blogspot

American Segregation Colored Classroom

Inside an all-black classroom. Source: Fly Brother

American Segregation Colored Waiting Room

Durham, North Carolina, 1940. Source: McMahan Photo

American Segregation Water Fountain

Water fountains were one of the most common places where racial segregation was observed. Source: Photobucket

American Segregation Colored Theater

Instead of employing a separate entrance, some whole establishments were simply labeled “for colored people”. Source: History In Photos

American Segregation Colored Admission

To gain access to the colored entrance of this theater, you’d better be able to physically ascend an outdoor flight of stairs. Source: Gallery Hip

American Segregation School Protest

“Integration is Education” – Jim Crow protesters gather outside of George V. Brower School. Source: Glogster

American Segregation Unamerican

One protester displays his strong feelings about segregation in America. Source: The Richest

American Segregation Freedom Riders Bus

During the Freedom Riders travels throughout the South to protest segregated bus stations, one bus was set on fire by an angry mob. Luckily, everyone on the bus was able to escape without injury. Source: Fast Track Teaching

American Segregation Birmingham Hose

The spring of 1963 brought protest against police brutality and discrimination to Birmingham, Alabama. Police chief Bull Connor famously turned fire hoses on protesters, and used attack dogs and his own fists to physically beat unarmed people – including women and children. Source: Wordpress

American Segregation Ends

May 17th, 1954: Segregated education was deemed unconstitutional following the Brown v the Board of EducationThe Higher Learning

American Segregation Blocking Black Students

Alabama Governor George Wallace attempted to block the admission of African-American students at the University of Alabama. Source: Wikipedia

American Segregation Little Rock Nine

President Eisenhower ordered a military escort for nine black students to class on September 24, 1957. The previously all-white Central High School in Arkansas had remained segregated (despite the 1954 ruling) and these nine students volunteered to be integrated first. Source: Share America

American Segregation LBJ

President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark legislation that that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in public accommodations. The Voting Rights Act was passed a little over a year later, in 1965. Source: Wikipedia

When Jim Crow was put into effect following the Reconstruction period, African Americans’ status in the South was defined yet again by whites in positions of power, this time not as three-fifths of a person but as “separate but equal”. As the photos here suggest, racial segregation that followed did little to suggest that equality actually existed. Instead, it led to inferior conditions and discrimination within almost every facet of segregated society, and whose legacy can still be seen today.

For more on Jim Crow laws, check out this short–and chilling–documentary:

This Is What The Meth Epidemic In America Looks Like

Anti-drug advertisements like the Not Even Once campaign and major media coverage of meth abuse would have one believe that America is at war with toothless, murdering drug users. Meth is bad, plain and simple, but new studies suggest that it isn’t the epidemic of media portrayals. Here are the facts about meth use in the United States:

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Meth Epidemic Crystal

Amphetamines were first synthesized in 1887 and its cousin, methamphetamine, was discovered in 1919. Source: Wikimedia

Meth Epidemic Red Meth

By 1943, both drugs were used to treat various conditions, including narcolepsy, obesity, alcoholism and behavioral disorders. Source: CBS Local

Meth Epidemic Lab

When Congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Control Act in 1971, meth and amphetamines were classified as Schedule II drugs, the highest restriction on prescription drugs. Black market demand increased. Source: ABC News

Meth Epidemic Burns

Meth is most common in the rural parts of the United States because of its cheap ingredients and relatively simple production process. Source: Car Memes

Meth Epidemic Mobile Home

However, when things go badly, meth labs can cause fires and burn those around production. Source: Herald Mail Media

Meth Epidemic Fire

Children are frequently the victims of these fires because their parents are cooking meth in the house. Source: North Escambia

Meth Epidemic Shake Bake

Meth users have developed a new method for cooking meth called “Shake and Bake.” Ingredients are mixed in a bottle and shaken until meth is formed. Source: Nashville Public Radio

Meth Epidemic Burn Photo

The shake and bake method of meth production is also highly volatile. Most burns seen in hospitals now are from use of this method. Source: M Live

Meth Epidemic House

Meth users are frequently uninsured and it costs $230,000 to treat a meth burn victim. Source: KVAL

Meth Epidemic Jael

Jael Strauss, of America’s Next Top Model fame, became the new face of meth use when she appeared on the Dr. Phil Show in 2012 to discuss her addiction. Source: Jezebel

Meth Epidemic Mugshot

These before and after images are often used to show the physical effects of meth use. Its physical side effects are similar to the side effects of Adderall abuse, used to treat Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. Source: Mother Jones

Meth Epidemic Sudafed

Some states have instituted prescription only laws on cold medicines that are commonly used in the production of meth, including ones that contain pseudoephedrine. Source: Columbian

Meth Epidemic Map

This map shows reports of meth lab incidents across the United States. The Midwest has the highest incidence. Source: DEA

Meth Epidemic Search

A recent study by Columbia University psychologist Carl Hart states that meth does not seem to be as addictive as previously thought. Only 15% of everyone who has ever tried meth has become addicted. Source: NOLA

Meth Epidemic Investigation

Meth use is actually on the decline in the United States. On average, only 0.2 to 0.4 of the population has used it. However, 1% of 8th graders had tried it in the last year according to a 2012 study. Source: Daily Republic

Meth Epidemic Powder Meth

Meth causes the brain to release dopamine and generate an overall feeling of well-being. This can lead to a change in the way the body releases dopamine when not under the influence and cause thinking problems. Source: LA Times

Meth Epidemic Ad

Increased and prolonged use of meth can causes sleeplessness, paranoia, extreme mood swings and sometimes, hallucinations. Source: Deviant Art

Meth Epidemic Paraphernalia

Meth can be ingested orally, smoked or injected. Meth users frequently share paraphernalia, including needles, which can put a user at risk for blood borne diseases, including HIV. Source: ECM Post Review

Meth Epidemic Bedroom

Many physical and mental impacts of the drug are exacerbated by unsanitary living conditions and poverty, leading to even worse side effects. Source: WFTV

Meth Epidemic Bust

While highlighted frequently on TV shows, more people admitted into rehab programs for alcohol and opiate abuse than meth. In 2011, 41% of admissions were related to alcohol versus 6% related to methamphetamine use. Source: Tristate Homepage

Meth Epidemic Hawaii

Hawaii has instituted programs to keep kids off meth, as the state is more afflicted than many other states in the Union when it comes to the drug. Meth charges constitute 90% of the federal drug charges in the state. Source: Hawaii HE

Meth Epidemic User

California has also had a long struggle with meth addiction. In the 1990s, San Diego was a hub for meth production, though much of the creation and sales has been taken over by Mexican drug cartels. Source: Hive Health Media

Meth Epidemic Cash

The cartels run super labs that can produce 10 pounds of “ice” or crystal meth in 24 hours. Source: Business Insider

Meth Epidemic Blue Meth

Blue meth was popularized by the hit television show Breaking Bad. It featured chemistry teacher Walter White delving into meth production to make money to treat his cancer. Dyed blue meth now pops up from time to time. Source: Oklahoma Legal Group

Meth Epidemic Donut

The show was filmed in Albuquerque and was the impetus for marketing around it. Donuts topped with “blue meth” candy are sold in a local bakery. Source: Meme Droid

Meth Epidemic Lego

Breaking Bad even hit the toy market, inspiring a Lego set that replicates the show’s meth lab. Source: Blogography

Meth Epidemic Graph

This graph displays the amount of meth seized by the United States from 2002 to 2011. While more meth is being intercepted, 80% of is run by the Sinaloa cartel. Source: Business Insider

Meth Epidemic Dog

In 2012, leaked emails from a private U.S. security firm state that the U.S. government permits the Sinaloa cartel to operate in exchange for limiting the violence in Mexico. A Mexican official backed this claim as well. Source: Here And Now

Meth Epidemic

Drug legislation is tougher on meth than on heroin, in spite of the fact that heroin is more frequently abused than meth. Source: Vodka And Pancakes

Meth Epidemic Montana

Drug abuse continues to be an issue of concern in the United States and throughout the world. Education and social outreach, not fear mongering, can spread the message of self-preservation. Source: Wikipedia

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7 Beautiful National Parks You Need To Visit

There are more than 400 national parks in the United States, each either representing a place of great scientific, educational or recreational value, or being known for their exceptional beauty. Covering all climates and land types, these national parks are some of the most breathtaking locales in all of the world. Here are seven lesser-known yet incredibly beautiful national parks that you should visit.

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Crater Lake National Park

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