Examples Of Jim Crow Laws

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In the 1930’s, white Americans devoted their lives to an idea that America was “separate but equal”. White Americans did an exceptional job keeping their lives isolated from African Americans, yet they did a very poor job keeping their lives separate. During the 1930’s, Jim Crow Laws were in place; Jim Crow Laws were, “A practice or policy of segregating or discrimination against blacks, as in public areas” (Kipfer & Chapman). Jim Crow Laws originated in the Deep South during the times of slavery (Knowles & Brown). The name Jim Crow comes from a character named Jim Crow in a minstrel show (“Jim Crow Laws”) . One example of a Jim Crow Law is, “Education; The schools for white children and the schools for Negro children shall be conducted separately. …show more content…
For example, the laws restricted where they could be served. One specific law in Alabama made it illegal for blacks and whites to be served in the same room, unless separated into “whites only” or “colored” sections (“Examples of ’Jim’”). Not only were serving areas highly discriminated, but also buses and its bus stops. Every bus stop had been disassociated from one another according to race (“Jim Crow Laws...”). Typically, the colored bus stops were in substandard conditions without a snacking area, whereas the white rest stops were modern and well put together. The buses, however, were not completely disconnected from each other. Black people were not allowed to sit in the front of any bus. The back of the bus was sectioned off for colored people, and if at any time, they must give up their seat to a white person. A final way Jim Crow laws discriminated blacks was where they used the bathrooms. Some laws made bathrooms create separate toilets for African- American and White people (“Examples of ’Jim’”). Concurrent to bus stops for colored people, the bathrooms were generally lesser in quality and had poor plumbing. With the Jim Crow Laws in place, African Americans had a abominable lifestyle set in place for them, but without their …show more content…
They restrained their way of living. The simplest things such as where they could eat, where they were able to sit on the buses or bus stops, and toilets. Also, the government was not the only thing contributing to the discrimination of blacks, but also by white people. They were lynched, subjected to hate crimes, not allowing any jobs, and underprivileged rights. African-Americans had very few occasions to better their life; however, whenever possible, they tried to. Even from the beginning, whites have always thought blacks were inferior and were put on this earth for the sole purpose of slave work and animals. In the 1930’s however, white Americans created “separate but equal” even though it was very self-evident that “separation” was pushed, however is was more obvious that equality was pushed

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