Essay about Jim Crow's Legacy

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While the Emancipation Proclamation marked the end of slavery in the U.S., it did little to address the racism that remained. Left unchecked, that racism, like a weed, grew and its roots permeated almost all sectors of American culture spreading from the southern white population throughout the local and state governments south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Jim Crow laws provided legal loopholes that skirted the spirit of the Emancipation Proclamation and they gave legal cover to those who longed for the pre-Civil War/Reconstruction era. The insidious nature of Jim Crow easily converted bigotry and intolerance from vile vices to prized virtues. Although Jim Crow laws were settled by the 1954 court case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, …show more content…
This attitude resulted in an assortment of legislation that spanned many states throughout the south; they included statutes governing education, the use of public facilities, dining, cohabitation, health care, transportation, personal relationships, hygiene and even sports (Randall). These laws so completely engulfed black consciousness that even accusing a white person of lying, or of being deceitful in any way could place a negro in jail (Pilgrim), or worse, dangling from the business end of a noose; these tactics served to crush the spirit of the American Negro. While if this same approach were applied by white people against other white people, they would have been considered illegal, immoral and inhumane; the second-class citizenry that Black America had been received no such indignation. By the time Plessy v. Ferguson, the statue that established legal inequality, was overturned by Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, several decades of degradation and intimidation had already stripped the newly found dignity from the Negro population; In essence, Jim Crow had run its course and served its purpose. Today, Jim Crow's legacy is a problem that continues to adversely affected the lives of thousands upon thousands of minorities in the U.S.. After roughly four and a half generations, the American black population has started its rebound, but the effects of Jim Crow still

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