Jim Crow Laws Reflection
Thomas D. Rice was a white man but was wearing black face makeup, in 1832; Thomas started performing “Jump Jim Crow”. The Jim Crow laws came to existence in 1877 when the whites regained power in the government in the South after the war and made it law. The Civil Rights act passed in 1964 ended discrimination by law and said no one may be discriminated against race, gender, or religious reasons. There were many court cases that helped fight the Jim Crow Laws. The Jim Crow Laws were the laws that people had to live by, it was racial segregation towards colored people and it separated the blacks from the whites in schools, busses, bathrooms, work, and many other places. The laws were to keep the African Americans out of power after slavery ended. I was a bit shocked when I learned that the Jim Crow Laws were this gruesome and terrifying because of all the violence that happened around them, just to keep the African Americans down. One of the tactics that was used to intimidate the African Americans was lynching. They would find and attack innocent African Americans on the street and lynch them just to prove that whites are of higher power. Some whites in the South also made an activist group called the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan would lynch African Americans, capture them and torture them. The Klan was powerful in the government so they used the power to continue the persecution of the African Americans. The African Americans built their own schools to further educate the youth and made attempts to overcome the disadvantages forced on them. Racism still happens now, like 9/11, we were attacked by Muslim extremists, and because of the attack some Americans began discriminating anyone who looked Middle Eastern.
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