Emma Eichinger. Mr. Rankins. English 2 Unit 9. 7 March
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English 2 Unit 9
7 March 2017
Jim Crow Laws- What They Are And Their Effects
“Come listen all you galls and boys I’s jist from Tuckyhoe, I–m going to sing a little song, my name’s Jim Crow, Weel about and turn about and do jis so, Eb–ry time I weel about I jump Jim Crow.” Thomas “Daddy” Rice, a popular white entertainer during the 1800’s, foolishly pranced around while singing this tune, aptly titled “Jump Jim Crow”, imitating African American plantation workers in a derogatory and undignified manner. Before long, the Jim Crow character and his song, dehumanizing blacks by portraying them as inferior, weak, and ignorant, became popular in the southern states. Years later, at the end of Reconstruction, after the…show more content…
As a result of these rules, which heavily encouraged the degradation of blacks, bigotry and racism against blacks had become stronger amongst whites, leading to significantly fewer opportunities, less liberty, and more abuse towards blacks in a country dominated by whites.
Secondly, the Jim Crow laws enforced the demarcation of public facilities due to race, usually to the disadvantage of blacks. Everything, including drinking fountains, restaurants, schools, hospitals, prisons, trains, and buses were color-coded, and failure to comply with the decree usually resulted in arrest, notably more often for blacks than whites. The Jim Crow laws advertised the partition of buildings as “separate but equal”, but considering the fact that blacks were considered inferior at that time in the south and that previous race-related laws stood against blacks, the majority of the buildings made for whites were of noticeably higher quality than the ones made for blacks. Either that, or there were no colored facilities in the area, again leading to limitations for the African American race. Despite this, when Louisiana passed the “Separate Car Law”, which stated that blacks and whites had to sit in different train cars, Homer Plessy, a fairly light-skinned, black man, chose to defy the law by sitting in a white train car. After refusing the conductor’s requests to sit in the designated car, Plessy was arrested for contravening the Separate Car Law. A day