Jim Crow A history of segregation

What is Jim Crow?

The Jim Crow laws are a series of regulations restricting the rights of colored people in the south made after reconstruction. These laws cut back on the laws of voting, education, treatment, and job opportunities of black people. It also made it legal to treat colored people as inferiors. Although Jim Crow was a set of laws, it became a way of life, as it justified racism and discrimination. As said by the Ferris State University's museum of racist memorabilia, "Under Jim Crow, African Americans were relegated to the status of second class citizens. Jim Crow represented the legitimization of anti-black racism."

Effects of Jim Crow

The Jim Crow laws allowed for the general mistreatment of African Americans. They were almost always given second class treatment, and were made to use public areas that were separate from white people. This was ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, when they ruled that as long as the different areas were separate but equal, it was fair. They were also often left out of job opportunities, which were often only given to white peoples. This also contributed to the popular belief that white people are superior to blacks. It also caused violence against those who protested against the Jim Crow laws. "The Jim Crow laws and system of etiquette were undergirded by violence, real and threatened. Blacks who violated Jim Crow norms, for example, drinking from the white water fountain or trying to vote, risked their homes, their jobs, even their lives." The JCMoRM says.

End of Jim crow

Jim Crow was officially repealed with the Civil rights act, and the Voting Rights act, which gave black people equal rights and enforced equal treatment. Although Jim Crow is no longer law, it's legacy lives on, and there is still notable traces of descrimination in the United States.

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