The Shameful Existence Of Sundown Towns In America

2 Posted by - March 23, 2018 - LATEST POSTS

Don’t let the sun set on you in a sundown town. That’s what signs at the city limits of all-white communities warned when African-Americans were not allowed to live there or even visit after the sun set. This method of exclusion was often held by an official policy or restrictive covenant-. The practice of excluding blacks from American towns was so prevalent that, by 1936, it became the impetus for Harlem civic leader Victor Green to pen the Negro Motorist Green-Book, a guide designed to help African-American travelers avoid places where they could be harassed, threatened, or even killed. Today, it is illegal for sundown towns to exist on paper due to the 1968 Fair Housing Act, but some believe that communities remain sundown by reputation and reluctance to diversify.

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  • Rosemary Bealer October 28, 2018 - 4:47 pm Reply

    It just amazes me how such rules even exist anymore. Sad…

  • Joseph February 7, 2019 - 6:16 pm Reply

    As a Black American, I’d like to think that in 2019 AD that we’ve moved beyond all that racial hatred and many silent White Americans wonder why so many Black Americans are like keg powders ready to “blow up” with the slightest provocation. That is why the “haoles” who visit Hawaii are treated so badly by the Polynesians because many of them sport an attitude of superiority either conscious or unconscious when they come to the island. Many of them take their lives for granted and expect preferential treatment.

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