The end of slavery did not mean the end of racism and systemic oppression of Black people in the United States. White supremacists did everything in their power to stop Black people from being treated as equal members of society. In the early years of Reconstruction, white supremacists continued to spread the idea that Black people could not be productive members of society except as slaves. They claimed that Black people were naturally greedy, lazy, and unmotivated.
This article appeared on the front page of an Atlanta newspaper three years after the end of the Civil War. The author complains that white families can no longer rely on steady work from Black women and hints they are all sex workers and indecent. The author also blames Black women for the decline of the city. This kind of racism was part of a white supremacist campaign to keep Black women from achieving stability and success in the Reconstruction era.