The Jim Crow laws were unfair to the African Americans because they replaced slavery with racial segregation, little attention was given to the groups against these laws, and they received unjust punishments. In the place of slavery came racial segregation. “The Jim Crow laws governed almost every aspect of life for African Americans living below the Mason-Dixon Line.” (Carson and Bonk) Slavery made an African American’s life controlled by his/her owner. The Jim Crow laws make the government their owner; therefore, the government controlled the African Americans. “Jim Crow laws allowed African Americans to be legally segregated.
The Africans were of a different culture and considered an inferior race for these differences. They were destined to be slaves due to the prevalent prejudice such as being labeled “savages” in Africa. As early as 1620, “Virginia and Maryland records… rarely refer to ‘slaves’ but mainly speak of ‘Negroes’” (31). The label “Negros” is in no way a positive term. Discrimination was widespread in law codes throughout the world before the establishment of slavery as well.
But since legal reparations requisite the usage of the American legal system they must challenge the law, they must challenge it within its confines When the United States maintained a system of African Slavery, they sold them on at the current values. African’s were believed to be commodities to be bought and sold. They were culturally held to be less then their white counterparts. Abolition of slavery that came later in the post- civil war did little to alleviate the prejudice and the suffering that Africans suffered during the period of slavery. The Jim Crow laws t... ... middle of paper ... ...he case and on the substantive justice of the case.
Blacks have been made to feel as though they were unequal or less than human. Howard Zinn shows the reader how racism that existed in the New World exists today, and how the barriers society has placed on color has caused a division among the races throughout the generations. How we as individuals have allowed one person’s belief to dictate how a person should be treated. Racism is defined as a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races to determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. In this chapter we see that the slave owners possess all the qualities of racism toward the African slaves.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech states that Blacks were denied their equal rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (I Have a Dream). The Emancipation Proclamation, written by Abraham Lincoln, supposedly freed all slaves, but Blacks were still treated with disrespect. Blacks needed to have equal rights because they were mistreated, criticized, and they wanted their respect. Blacks were mistreated, they were subjected to biased laws and injustice. Blacks were the “victims of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality” according to Kings Speech (I Have a Dream).
In The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin depicts the relationship of African Americans to the United States-and the society on which it stands-in a way that reinforces this idea: Blackness is defined and problematized by the white society in order to define their identity. This is shown by the inhumane treatment of African Americans since their arrival in this country, the recurring label of criminal thrust upon Black people in their ongoing quest for civil rights, and the psychology of inferiority perpetuated among Black people in their dealings with whites. Baldwin poses that Blackness determines your circumstances from birth. “This innocent country set you down in a ghetto in which, in fact, it intended that you should perish…. You were born
Blacks are seen as blind because they allow themselves to be mistreated by their oppressors. Native Son focuses on African American racial discrimination and segregation that took place prior to the Civil Rights movement. As racial discrimination remains a reality in America today, the racial tensions and separatist laws that caused the violence and fear between blacks and whites may not be familiar to anyone who has not experienced any of the aforementioned. Set in Chicago in the 1930’s, Native Son tells the story of a young African American... ... middle of paper ... ...ut needing the white man’s consent and the narrator by coming out of hiding and facing the world and its challenges. Works Cited Bloch, Alice.
The United States have created policies in which it targets minority groups, but especially African Americans. Throughout the history of our nation, our government has an inferior complex of blacks in fear of rebellion from the lower to middle social classes. History tells us that people are willing to unite for a cause regardless of racial differences. Mass incarceration is a product of the Jim Crow Laws that plagued this nation after the civil war. The effects of being labeled a convicted felon is similar to the era before the civil rights laws were passed.
However, we do have the Black Lives Matter Movement it does go against violence but it also plays a role in racism cause it mainly the color of your skin that have so many people murder, die, didn’t get justice for because we are African American which is not fair to us or what we stand for. Many disadvantages either with life or employment, education, safety it normal for African Americans to get out in the street and fight for what is right. In the passage “Racism is for Assholes Holt” stated that black and brown people built United States as a whole so for us to be treated less than what we deserve really disappointing, frustrating, make you feel less then yourself like your weak then most race when you accomplish major history events for this country. Just a few structures that African Americans invented and it feature in the article “6 Historic Structures In America Built By Slaves” not a very happy title the most historical ones is The White House, U.S. Capital Building. Now those are building for business for decisions being made in this country but no one will ever know because we don’t get credit for most work that has been in from many years
Hatred, pain, suffering and inequality are among the emotions that are left lingering in the path of racism. When you think of racism people typically think of slavery because it played such a huge part in American History. However, there are other instance to consider such as the Trail of Tears and the Holocaust; all of which have left a lasting blot on civilization as a whole. While we will not examine each and every instance mention, we want to familiarize, you with the fact that no matter what color, race, and gender you are, you have seen, read or experience racism. In this essay we will discuss the Jim Crow Laws and Segregation.