The Pros And Cons Of The Jim Crow Laws

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What is intimidation? Intimidation is the feeling of fear or inadequacy when comparing oneself to someone else. Throughout history, white people have shown that they have felt intimidated by black people and feared what the black community would do if they were no longer controlled. White men were also afraid of having less success than a black man and that their wives would run off with them. Due to the feelings of inadequacy and fear, the white people have tried to stifle black people every way they could. White people have taken drastic measures, such as violence and legalities, to hinder the success and uprising of black people and the black community as a whole. Lower, middle and upper-class white people considered black people as …show more content…
The Jim Crow laws were laws of physical segregation in the south based strictly on race. Black people and white people could not attend the same schools, the same public places or public transportation. The segregation led to the concept of “separate but equal.” The “separate but equal” concept led to poorer conditions than what the white community had. The Jim Crow laws were strict and applied to any person that had a trace of black heritage in their blood even if they looked white. This issue arrived at the Supreme Court when Homer Plessy, who was 1/8 black, challenged the segregation of public transportation (Egerton, 2014). Plessy had sat in the all-white train car and was arrested for violating Louisiana’s Separate Car Act. The Supreme Court ruled segregation is constitutional as long as the conditions were equal (Homer Plessy v Fergurson, …show more content…
This social club eventually grew into a hate-filled terrorist group known as the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). The “founding father” was Nathan Bedford Forrest, who himself was a former Confederate General. The KKK was believed to be made up mostly by middle-class farmers fearful of black competition. The KKK used ruthless violence such as lynching/murdering, burning schools, homes and businesses for any excuse they found fit. The goal of the KKK was to overthrow politicians in favor of reconstruction and keep black people out of politics and they did such a thing by targeting blacks on a political rise and even whites who were fighting for justice for the black

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