Racism situation now has definitely improved from the past, but there are also more hidden issues. In the past, the racial segregation was largely promoted. For example, the ban of marriage between blacks and whites; there were separate washrooms, restaurants, and train cars. The discrimination was also direct. For example, the race has to be listed on ballots, and during the Great Depression, blacks were forced to give up their job for the whites. These direct segregation and discrimination laws were abolished, and people have realized it as an issue. But similar issues still exist. There are still segregation between races despite there are no segregating laws. For example, blacks and whites now days still largely concentrate in their own different communities. Many black communities (“Hoods”) have poverty, high crime rates, and high unemployment rates.