Jim Crow Boycotts Essay

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During the nineteenth century, things weren’t so great for blacks in the South, not saying things were ever good for them in previous years because it wasn’t. Whites in the South really didn’t care for people of color, they didn’t want them to have the same privileges or anything that whites had for that matter. As a result, they came up with something called the Jim Crow system, changing the lives of blacks. Before the age of Jim Crow, slavery made its mark on both blacks and whites. It influenced the relations between them for more than a century in giving whites the reassurance that they were superior to blacks. As years progressed, life didn’t get any better for blacks. In the 1860s, after the Civil War, laws were passed in the South that …show more content…
They boycotted the streetcar lines in over twenty-five cities in every state and the boycotts would last as long as two or three years. The result of these boycotts ended with transit companies losing money and causing a temporary suspension on the Jim Crow laws. Railroads in Massachusetts and schools in Boston eliminated Jim Crow before the Civil war. Blacks would rather walk to get to their destinations than to get on the segregated streetcars, they didn’t go any place where it was segregated because they had their pride. Even though the boycotts and protests gave blacks pride, it didn’t change the attitudes the whites had toward them nor did it stop Jim Crow laws from continuing. Also, some of the boycotts were able to last for a long period of time while others didn’t because blacks lacked the necessary financial resources needed to continue on with the boycott. In the absence of this, blacks focused their energy into improving the segregation of the public facilities so that it would be equal to those of the white people. This wasn’t really so much to end racial separation, but more so of weeding out inequality. Blacks really weren’t concerned with having social equality, they were more concerned with having public equality, meaning they wanted civil rights and political rights. It wasn’t until World War II that blacks would be able to challenge the Jim Crow laws and they did so by violating them. They would sit in seats reserved for whites only and would refuse to get up risking to being violently thrown out, injuries, jail time, and

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