The Ethics Of Jim Crow By Richard Wright

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The Jim Crow Era refers to the time period between the late 1800s and the mid 1900s when African Americans in America were socially, economically, and physically treated unfairly. The Jim Crow laws were made after the Reconstruction period, and those laws continued in with great force until 1965. The laws followed the Black Codes and the federal law provided civil rights protection in the South of the U.S. for freedmen and free blacks. “Jim Crow” was a slang term for a black man. Thus the name Jim Crow Laws meaning the laws for black people. It meant that any state law that was passed in the South that was for many rules for the blacks and whites. They were laws based off of white supremacy and were a reaction to Reconstruction, and racism appealed to whites who were scared of losing their jobs to blacks. Many people also referred to the laws as making things “Separate but equal” this meant that blacks had the same exact facilities as whites,but often times the facilities were separated by color. Many of the black facilities were not well kept like the white ones were. In the book, “The Ethics of Jim Crow” by Richard Wright the reader will find that it is a fictional, but realistic depiction of the life …show more content…
One of the protest was when four African American male college students go into a restaurant in Richmond, Virginia where they are asked to leave and do not. Even after the waitress denies them service, they still sit in the restaurant. These four brave men went on to be known as the “Greensboro Four”. When asked how one of the young men felt he replied with,"We had to embrace some pretty deep concepts: to endure. To challenge injustice when you see it. Rather than a self-preservation thing, it was a giving of oneself. Selflessness." This was one of many protests that occurred to finally eradicate the power of Jim Crow with the Civil Rights

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