The Race, Gender, And Murder Of Oklahoma During The 1920s ' Essay

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In chapter seven, “Spirited Away”: Race, Gender, and Murder in Oklahoma During the 1920s, it was about how a small but active group of African Americans appeared and fought for their rights when the twentieth century came around (pg. 135). According the author, when it came to the Jim Crow Laws in Oklahoma, it separated almost every aspect of life into white and colored. A number of them were quickly written into the states’ legal code and were founded on two basic principles. They were that African Americans were individuals that were not capable of success or failure, good or evil, but they were deviant and inferior. They were criminal and ignorant people that intended to harm the white race, and because of that segregation was needed. The second principle, behind the Jim Crow Law, was that because of their moral and cultural superiority, whites had the right to separate themselves from African Americans and to limit their upward mobility. With these laws based on the assumption of African American inferiority creating segregation, crime and race became tangled and intertwined, and many saw vigilantism as a necessary check on black criminality (pg. 136). This, according to the author, asserted white superiority and that African Americans should say under them as an inferior race. As for the lynchings, along with race riots, they became very effective in terms of maintaining political, economic and social subordination of African Americans throughout the country (pg. 136).

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