“Jim Crow laws allowed African Americans to be legally segregated. From that point on, African Americans were treated worse than ever before.” Some historians say that African Americans were treated better in slavery (in the 1800’s) than under the Jim Crow laws. Before the Jim Crow laws, there was slavery. They were both backed by the idea of black inferiority; both were also dominated mainly by the belief of white superiority. But not everyone believed in white superiority, but in equality.
“Jim Crow Laws were statutes and ordinances established between 1874 and 1975 to separate the white and black races in the American South. In theory, it was to create "separate but equal" treatment, but in practice Jim Crow Laws condemned black citizens to inferior treatment and facilities.” The Jim Crows Laws created tensions and disrespect towards blacks from whites. These laws separated blacks and whites from each other and shows how race determines how an individual is treated. The Jim Crow laws are laws that are targeted towards black people. These laws determine how an individual is treated by limiting their education, having specific places where blacks and whites could or could not go, and the punishments for the “crime” committed.
Many white Southerners were not in favor of the 13th Amendment so many Southern states enforced Black Codes, which basically returned blacks to slavery without calling it slavery. In the Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson, the decision was made to legally allow whites to have a separate life away from the blacks. Because of this decision, whites were expected to act superior to blacks. They continued to control the blacks even though blacks were considered free. Whites were also given special benefits called “white privileges” that blacks did .not receive.
Board of Education. What were the positions of the two sides in the case, and how did it led to a debate over Desegregation versus Integration in the United States? Brown vs Board of education was the case which ended segregation in the school system. The doctrine separate but equal was rendered useless, because separate educational facilities actually suggest inequality. The plaintiff argued that segregation has resulted in unequal education among African American students so the court should pass a law to desegregate the educational system.
Racial prejudice was found throughout the country and this made the passing of Jim Crow laws easier in southern government. “1883 Supreme Court struck down the 1875 civil rights act, saying that is exceeded Congress’s power”(831 Jim). Jim Crow laws separated colored people from whites and forced them to inferior living conditions as well as denying black’s equal economic opportunities. Many laws were put in place to keep blacks separated from whites and when they were together, the engagements were closely regulat... ... middle of paper ... ... to make colored citizens less equal and to segregate them from the white society. The laws were harsh and unjust and deprived blacks and other colored races from economic and social opportunities.
By the government establishing separate facilities for blacks and whites, it showed its own discrimination towards African Americans. Even though facilities were supposed to be equal, the mere fact that they were separate and not integrated supported the idea that the two groups were not equal. After the Civil war, it could not be expected for blacks to immediately integrate with whites; however, different measures should have been taken by the government to ensure the proper and equal treatment of everyone.
This was especially unfair because even if the black citizen could understand what was being said to them, the administrator of the test would say that they couldn 't in order to prevent them from voting (Voting Rights for Blacks and Poor Whites in the Jim Crow South 1). For the property tests, only citizens that owned property could vote, and many black citizens did not own property (Voting Rights for Blacks and Poor Whites in the Jim Crow South 1). This was also unfair because African-Americans could not afford to own property because of their extremely poor economic situation. Finally, there were poll
There are many examples how the Jim Crow Laws affected African Americans; For instance, African Americans had separate schools, transportation, restrooms, and restaurants apart from white Americans. In 1865, the government provided protection for African Americans who were once slaves. The Jim Crow laws seemed unfair to African Americans, but even if they thought this, the Supreme Court couldn’t help them. As long as the laws were “separate but equal”, they were considered to be constitutional. Time passed and it seemed like African Americans learned to live with these laws, but that soon changed after the World War II occurrence.
In the southern states, compared to White schooling education, the Blacks received one-third of school funding. The White people dominated the states and local government with their decisions and made sure that the Blacks were weak. They weren’t being treated in hospitals because the doctors refused to do treatment on them. Also, because of the laws and segregation, people claim that there was a ‘visible colored line’ in publi... ... middle of paper ... ...can Americans. To conclude, due to the lack of education and clichéd thought, African Americans didn’t receive the same respect and opportunity as compared to Whites.