How Did Segregation Laws Affect The Civil Rights Movement

1046 Words5 Pages
As a consequence of the ‘Jim Crow’ segregation laws being passed in 1896 the civil rights movement began in America. Non-violent protests, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the student sit-ins, had a significant impact on the abolishment of the ‘Jim Crow’ laws; however, because of how ingrained the desire for segregation was in the white American society, particularly the south, racial segregation continued.
Segregation meant that Black Americans were kept separate from the white, this practice made sure that the black Americans continued to be treated as second-class citizens. Black citizens were being stopped from using the same facilities as white people and being in the same waiting rooms. It was a decision made by the supreme court
…show more content…
They said segregation was ‘Separate but equal’ but it was evident in the fact that the Black Americans where at a significant disadvantage due to segregation. This was because segregation was to make sure that they remembered they were ‘Second class,’ so for the fifty-eight years following the decision to make segregation legal; African-Americans where stopped from using the same facilities as white people, there was segregation under the most horrific of circumstances which included the armed forces and blood banks. One of the more significant outcomes of the segregation laws was the ‘Keep the negro in his place’ campaign which led to common lynching’s before a black person was able to be trialled for a crime, many of the latter who were charged may have also been innocent but they were charged for being trouble makers, the lynching’s were commonly occurring to keep the white person in control, and to show how they can be in control. The argument for the most part that was in support of segregation was that
Get Access