Jim Crow Racism Essay

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Blacks were also affected mentally by racism during the Jim Crow period. This is one of the basic ways whites used to establish racism. Whites were fond of fabricating false theories and proofs to support their belief that they were superior to the blacks. Some of them came up with false religious proofs so that they could convince so many other people into believing that blacks were inferior. They used the biblical story of Noah and Ham in Genesis chapter nine. Ham was cursed by his father, Noah, for looking and making fun of his nakedness when he was drunk. Noah cursed him that he would be the lowest of slaves unto his brothers (Genesis.9.20-27). Whites related this story to the blacks because they believed that Ham was black. They regarded …show more content…
Emasculation is the act of making people weaker or less effective. This was very common among black men. “Down By the Riverside” in Uncle Tom’s Children lucidly explains how black men were emasculated. There was a flood and Mann wanted to take his family to the hills for safety, but he did not have a boat. Unfortunately, Mann’s wife, Lulu, was in labor. Mann sent his cousin Bob to sell a donkey and use the money to buy a boat, but the money was not enough, so he stole old man Heartfield’s boat. Mann used the boat to take his wife alongside his family to a hospital. Mann called for help at the first house he …show more content…
A young black woman, Sarah, was waiting for her husband, Silas, to return from selling his crop. She also took care of her baby, Ruth. One day, a white salesman showed up and tried to sell her a graphophone. They talked for a while, but as she was getting him some water, he attempted to seduce her. Initially she resisted him, but later stopped. The white man slept with her and left. He left the record player with her and told her that he would try to return in the morning to convince her husband to buy it. When Silas returned, he saw the record player and suspected that Sarah had been unfaithful. He drove her out of the house in a rage and whipped her as she went. Silas hated white people so he worked hard to own his farm. He was livid that Sarah had slept with a white man, and when the white salesman returned with a friend in the morning, he first whips and then shoots one of them. Silas protested that he did not want to die but had to because he could never be free in a white man 's world. Sarah took Ruth and ran into the hills, where she watched Silas in a gunfight with the white mob that came to get him. He later died when they burnt down his house while he was inside. Silas was livid mainly because a white man slept with his wife. He felt insulted and said “They take your land, they take your freedom, they take your life, and now they take your woman” (Wright 152). He later died

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