May 8, 2013
Jim Crow Laws, The Segregation of America
“Jim Crow was more than a series of rigid anti-black laws. It was a way of life.”(Pilgrim) In Harper Lee’s American classic, To Kill A Mocking Bird, Jim Crow laws would play an extremely pivotal role. The Jim Crow laws there were a major factor on the perception of one of the books key characters, Tom Robinson. At Tom Robinson’s rape trial the Blacks had to sit in a totally different section of the court room than those that the White people were sitting in. This is just the beginning of it all; Jim Crow laws were so prevalent that and even so harsh that small towns would gather to hold public lynchings of Blacks that would break these laws. This was all done without a trial or due process of any kind, but these were done and justified simply as vigilante justice to those Blacks that would fall out of line. These laws became accepted nearly everywhere in the south. This was due to not only the horrendous punishments for Blacks if they were to break them, but also the Whites who would break these laws found themselves paying large fines or even prison sentences “Any person, presenting for public acceptance or general information, arguments or suggestions in favor of social equality or of intermarriage between whites and negroes, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or imprisonment not exceeding six months or both fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.”(Separate but not Equal) These laws only would help extend an already very racist culture in the South by forcing upon the South. Jim Crow laws would lied to the diabolical lynching of Blacks without due process and would lead to erroneous punishment to those who chose to break these laws.
Lynching was one of the most heinous things to ever arise from the segregation culture that was brought on by Jim Crow laws. The fact that Blacks were looked...