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Old 02-25-2010, 11:23 PM
Location: Queens, NY
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Originally Posted by jluke65780 View Post
Lynchings weren't that common in the 50s or 60s though compared to the early 1900s.
regardless if it was common or not, ppl still got lynched. ppl still were hung.

My grandparents would say back than you could sleep with your doors unlocked and windows open without having to worry about anything. At about this time; you still had segregation and blacks working as maids; however, I'd think the quality of life for blacks was a huge step up compared to the early 1900s to 1930s.

You had lots of black owned businesses and black professionals around the 50s and 60s. The 70s is when the black on black crime really began to peak.
it doesn't matter about the huge step up. things were not right at all.

while you're correct about the 70's being the time where black on black crime skyrocketed (i would say it peaked later. at least IMHO. perhaps the late 80's/early 90's...remember the crack epidemic) life in the 50's and 60's was harsh.

black ppl were in poverty for the most part. we lacked a lot of rights, even if we had them on paper. laws were not enforced.

ppl were flat out mean.

and who here is proud that their grandmother's mom was a maid?? or that their grandmother didn't finish high school??? or that their parents were called monkeys?? or ******s? and spit on?

that we had to even have a civil rights movement? that the klan terrorized communities?? that the govt didn't give a fk about anyone not white?? that black ppl had terrible education and nothing was done about it for a long, long time??

come on. if you are truly american then you want ALL of america, regardless of race to have the same quality of life as any other american.

i think i already posted it but this girl asked my mother back when she was a little girl, where her tail was. come on, son.

i couldn't even imagine what black ppl in the south (but really in general) went through. man they were strong.

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Old 02-25-2010, 11:23 PM
Location: southern california
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much better, but i was too immature to appreciate it then.
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:29 AM
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Originally Posted by It'sAutomatic View Post
It's hard to say which time period was better for black people... Is it better to have a job and get shot at by other people, or to not have a job and get shot at by your own kind?

It's about equal for women I'd say. Back then, women didn't have much of a choice but to stay at home, and now they don't have much of a choice but to work.
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Back in the 50s and 60s things like child molestation, rape, and sexual assault were just as common. Only difference is people didn't report it back then. Someone could sexually abuse a family member and probably get away with it.

Secondly things are way better for women now. People have options. Something a lot of women didnt have back then.

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Old 02-26-2010, 09:02 AM
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by jluke65780 View Post
50s or 60s maybe if your white.....lol

However, lots of older blacks will comment on how much safer neighborhoods were and how much respectable and mannered younger blacks were back than.

I usually here 80s and 90s were the best.
For race relations, despite the Reagan Administration and the racial events of the early 90s (most of which was in the LA Area anyway, sheesh), I believe that was the brief period where race relations were at a positive zenith. First of all, look at the images of blacks during that time. The athletes were a lot better as role models. There were more television shows & movies that portrayed blacks way better, either as a stable, educated, and enjoyable black family or black sidekicks who were just normal and "assimilated" as the main character. And even the rappers (especially for the 80s) were just entertainers yet kept their dignity. Today, the athletes are either insufferably arrogant & whiny, or are very stereotypical. The images of most blacks in the entertainment world are either modern day blackface minstrels or just plain ghetto. And the rappers.....did the producers get

Also, look at how "Black History" was defined then. Back in the 80s and 90s, the emphasis was on the achieving aspects like Jazz & Gospel, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and current achievements of blacks back then. Slavery was talked about and analyzed, but in the context of how horrible it was and how blacks overcame it. In the 2000s, it seems that all of the positive points of Black Americans is overshadowed, and now, Black History is now all about rap (and not just the positive rap neither), focusing on the struggles, and embracing things about slavery: making an effort to speak Ebonics and deeming proper English - even the American English - as talking white, giving kids ghetto names that have no point of explainable origination, seeing violence & poverty as badges of honor and looking at education & upward mobility as selling out. Back in the 90s, I recalled being rewarded for being bright, from the praise of family & young black females. Now, I don't even talk to quite a few of my family members and I'm mocked for having a college degree and not embracing every stereotypical black tendency & viewpoint.

And don't tell me It's my age. I vividly remember the difference in treatment I received between the 1990s and 2000s. Life was far from perfect in the 90s for me personally, but some things like support from family & friends and a fair amount of positive attention from young black girls my age made life easier.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:13 AM
Location: NH
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I was not alive in the 50's and 60's but I would have been better suited. Life was not easy compared to today but much simpler. You did not need a college degree to get a good job for one. Cars were actually made out of metal, big engines, basic necessities, and lots of style. The music was much better. Parents could let kids could play outside without worrying about them. You could leave doors unlocked. Children and young adults actually respected their elders. Kids played outside. list goes on...

People were able to survive on one income because the cost of living was less. When women joined the workforce and families started having two incomes is when the cost of living rose. Two incomes can afford more so now the price of everything goes up. I personally have no problem with women working but I read that in an article one time and I very much agree.

People were much more care free..smoking, no seatbelts, helmets, safety regs, etc..
You can say that life is better now because we are aware of the damage these can cause but I look at it as a form of population control. As technology has progressed people have been living longer which has resulted in our population spiraling out of control. SOme things should just be left alone. Live free or die. Seems nowadays everytime they find a cure for one diseaes, another one appears. Its natures way of poulation control and technology is messing with nature.

Dont get me wrong I know everything was not great back then. Ive heard many stories of one bath a week, etc.. but all in all it would have been a better time for me to have been born.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:17 AM
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Now of course: less racism, better medical care, free porn
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:13 PM
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50's and 60's for everything except race relations
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:05 PM
Location: Brighton, England
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im gay so my life would probably be HELL in 1950's...
so yeah... now is better haha at least for me
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by A&M_Indie_08 View Post
50's and 60's for everything except race relations

This, absolutely.

An average husband could relatively easily support a family consisting of a wife and 3-4 (or more!) kids on a single salary. That's just absurd to even consider in today's world. People struggle on two incomes to support even 1 or 2 kids.

To be fair though, people today expect more 'toys' (for lack of a better word) than people then did, so if you're measuring "quality of life" by electronic gadgets and televisions, then today is much better than then.
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