How Well Do You Know America's History Of Racism? A Quiz

The results are going to be embarrassing, for you or for America. Or both.
Embarrassingly racist incidents in our country's history are not confined to just the ancient past. 
Embarrassingly racist incidents in our country's history are not confined to just the ancient past. 

We've made a lot of progress in this country combating racism -- but not enough. As racist college parties, everyday tweets and the causes behind movements like #OscarsSoWhite and #Black Lives Matter show us, there's still a long way to go. 

Facing the reality of racism requires us to understand its history, especially if we are ever to create a better and more equal America. 

With that in mind, we created a quiz to see how well YOU know your history on racism. The answer key can be found in the slideshow at the bottom.



The Quiz:

1. In what year did the Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia, hold its first integrated prom?

A: 2010

B: 2014

C: 1999

D: 1964


2. Bob Jones University was founded in 1927 as a school for whites only. What racist policy did it still have in 2000 when George W. Bush campaigned there?

A: It still banned black students from attending. 

B: It banned watching movies with black actors. 

C: It banned black candidates from campaigning on campus. 

D: It banned interracial dating. 


3. What year did University of Alabama sororities desegregate and allow black women in for the first time?

A: 1985

B: 2013

C: 2001

D: 1971


4. In what year did white supremacists shoot at a predominantly black crowd that was protesting over the death of a 24-year-old killed by police?

A: 1988

B: 2013

C: 1991

D: 2015


5. When did Mississippi ratify the 13th Amendment, which banned slavery?

A: 1899

B: 1866

C: 2013

D: 1952


6. When did the Nebraska state legislature enact a new law to redraw Omaha schools into three subdistricts, based on where each race lived -- black people in northern Omaha, Hispanic/Latinos in southern Omaha, and whites in western Omaha?

A: 2006

B: 2010

C: 1983

D: 1974


7. Bibb Graves was the governor of Alabama, and an Exalted Cyclops (chapter president) of the Montgomery chapter of the KKK. Until what year did the University of Alabama have a building named after him?

A: 1978

B: 1988

C: 2002

D: It still has a building named after him. 


8. When was a white Louisiana bus driver suspended for sending black children to the back of the bus?

A: 2006

B: 2010

C: 1992

D: 1981


9. When did the University of Florida begin admitting black undergraduate students?

A: 1940

B: 1949

C: 1962

D: 1954


10. What year saw a resurgence of fires at black churches across the South?

A: 2015

B: 2009

C: 1974

D: 1980


11. When did a group of white teenagers in Mississippi beat a black man to death, and run him over?

A: 1977

B: 1998

C: 2011

D: 1990


12. In what year did a KKK leader kill a black teen with a crossbow three days after Christmas?

A: 1969

B: 1992

C: 1983

D: 2006


13. In what year was a black man chained to a truck and dragged to death by white supremacists in Jasper, Texas?

A: 2002

B: 1984

C: 1998

D: 2011


14. Texas A&M University had to investigate reports that a white woman showed off her Confederate-themed earrings to black students, and that minority high school students visiting there were told to go back where they came from. What year did this happen?

A: 1959 

B: 2016

C: 1980

D: 2004


15. What percentage of white Americans think it's OK to wear blackface on Halloween?

A: 47 percent

B: 88 percent

C: 12 percent

D: 24 percent


16. The median wealth for white families in 2013 was $141,900. How much was it for black families?

A: $111,000

B: $11,000

C: $61,000

D: $211,000


17. In what year were black students finally allowed to attend all eight Ivy League universities?

A: 1977

B: 1947

C: 1980

D: 1963


18. How many states have never elected a black person to the U.S. House of Representatives?

A: 5

B: 40

C: 24

D: 31


Check out the slideshow below for the answer key:


Recent Racism Quiz - Answer Key