As Long as There Is Jim Crow, It’s Picket Lines for The Negro (7 pages)

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As Long as There Is Jim Crow, It’s Picket Lines for The Negro

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Calhoun 1 Breanna Ja Nae Calhoun SWC 100 Aug 9 2009 As Long as There Is Jim Crow It s Picket Lines for The Negro The two New York Times articles in June 1949 Picket City Hall and 38 Dockers Stage Sit Down at Union evaluate the issues in which African American workers were faced with by their employers The Picket City Hall article is a follow up story of the article 38 Dockers Stage Sit Down at Union and is printed just two weeks and one day after the first article which was June 7 1949 The June 7 1949 article opens up the story about how Negro workers picketed by holding a sit down outside of the International Longshoremen s Association ILA office on 265 West Fourteenth Street due to unequal privileges of White and Colored workers The Negros knew the mistreatment was a result of Jim Crow and being that the majority of the Local 968 workers were Negros they felt that they deserved to be given the same rights as the few White workers But since employment then became an issue with Negro workers they were determined to use what LITTLE rights they had and voice their opinions by picketing The article written two weeks later Picket City Hall sums up the results of the previous picketing this involved brawls that the police had to stop These articles represents how although workers know their rights the White men who hold superior positions will not acknowledge them and grant Blacks the legal and constitutional rights they were given centuries ago on September 17 1787 The Negro workers are just taken in circles of the many highly positioned White men in offices in which they all say they basically will not budge because they have nothing to do with it Calhoun 2 The starting article of the long drawn out story 38 Dockers Stage Sit Down at Union begins with clarifying the reason why the Negro workers decided to sit in in the ILA office for five hours They did this because Negro workers were not being given jobs on the Brooklyn Waterfront Also later on in the article readers



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