In such racist times, an all white jury denied the right for African Americans to be charged for what they had done, which in most cases was nothing, and instead were unfairly charged for the benefit of whites.
The Scottsboro Boys were 9 teenage black males charged for the rape of two white women on a train. The two white women said they were raped but there was no evidence. The jury was made up of all white people making them biased. The black teenagers were charged to life in prison. Some were let out years later when they realized they had no evidence to support the decision. PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2017.
Emmett Till was a black boy lynched for looking at a white women and saying "hey baby". White cashier in the store while he said it proved that was all he did. Emmitt was killed by two white men who were found innocent. The jury had evidence to prove they were guilty. But the Jury was all white and biased so they let their fellow white citizens off knowing that they murdered Till. The white men later admitted to murdering him. The Jury was wrong on purpose to help out the white men because of the all white jury, again the white men were found innocent so they wouldn't face punishment for the murdering of a black man who they view as worthless. "Primary Source: Emmett Till Jury." Primary Source: Emmett Till Jury : The Colonial Williamsburg Official History & Citizenship Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2017.
Plessy v. Ferguson was a conflict between Homer Plessy who was a black man who was being tried by a white judge called John Howard ferguson. The case resulted in Plessy being convicted. Also resulted in the statement “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”
Means that blacks and whites are not equal and that they shouldn't be treated equally. That whites should be held superior to blacks. The case also allowed absurd laws to be passed. Such as how the state of Louisiana passed a law that restricted black peoples freedom when riding the trains. "Primary Documents in American History." Plessy v. Ferguson: Primary Documents in American History (Virtual Programs & Services, Library of Congress). N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2017.
The way that society handicapped black people economically contributed to the overall racism towards them.
Jobs were a problem for blacks in the 1930's. Most companies didn't hire black people. Blacks weren't hired until all white people had jobs. This contributed to the racist thought that blacks people were inferior. It Sent the message that they couldn't obtain a job when in reality it was society doing this to them. Then treating them like they are less than themselves for something that they caused to happen. N.p., n.d. Web
Jim Crow was happening during the Great Depression. This meant that jobs were already tight and the jobs that were available went to white people. This left blacks unemployed with no way to generate income. Great Depression hit them hardest. Because blacks were viewed as less than whites, they were not able to make money. This made the community look down on them and make them believe that they weren't smart which contributed to the racist stereotype. N.p., n.d. Web
Blacks couldn't support there own families because with no job they couldn't buy any extra goods for children. Also, basic needs were sold to whites first sometimes nothing was left for the blacks. The community is keeping the blacks from being successful then making fun of them for it. Again something blacks aren't doing themselves is causing them to be treated as less than whites when in reality if they were given the same opportunities they would be just as successful as the whites. "Black Americans 1929-1941." Historic Events for Students: The Great Depression. Encyclopedia.com, n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2017
Government during the Jim Crow era played the largest role in how blacks were treated in society.
Laws were passed to separate blacks from the rest of the community. Some of these laws were, signs not allowing blacks into places, not letting them use the same bathrooms, not letting them eat at the same restaurants, and not letting them go to the same schools. These all made citizens believe that they were different because they were constantly doing different things. This shows that racism in made up and these ideas, when repeated so many times, even if they are lies people will start to believe them. This literally makes it illegal for blacks and whites to be together, which makes them seem like they are different and everyone is forced to believe it. "No Blacks Allowed - Stormfront." Stormfront RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2017
Laws were passed to keep blacks from voting. Such laws consisted of grandfather clauses. Grandfather clauses only allowed those whose grandfathers could vote to vote. What these laws were meant to do was to keep racism going after the law that allowed black people to vote was just passed so they found ways around it. Black codes allowed for blacks to be arrested for walking the streets. Made so you had to pass a literacy test to be able to vote but blacks weren't allowed to be taught. Again laws are being made that don't allow blacks the same rights as whites
If a white person is living during this time with all of these rules making blacks seem like they are different than themselves. http://people.hss.caltech.edu/~kousser/dictionary%20entries/jim%20crow%20laws.pdfEvidence
Government pretty much allowed white men to kill black people for no reason. Made it seem to the white people that it was okay to do this. This made it so white people viewed blacks as even less than they did before. Blacks were lynched for doing things that wouldn't even be considered a crime today. Sometimes things they said, If they looked at someone the wrong way, or even walked too close to a white person they would be lynched. "Race During the Great Depression - American Memory Timeline- Classroom Presentation | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress." Race During the Great Depression - American Memory Timeline- Classroom Presentation | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Feb. 2017