Violence And Jim Crow's Influence

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During the early 20th century, Jim Crow South had a significant impact on people. Jim Crow laws were rulings that enforced racial segregation in the south from 1877-1954 forcing blacks to live separate from whites; usually in a poor quality society. Jim Crow laws managed and dictated which privileges blacks enjoyed. By law, blacks could not use the same facilities, could not attend the same schools, or could not drink out of the same water fountains as whites. The laws were basically just a list of “could-nots”. In Richard Wright’s Black Boy, Wright explains his horrific experiences that occurred throughout his childhood. Even as a young child, he dealt with many beatings. Wright struggles to conform to his family’s rule. His family tried their best to mold him into a better man in order to survive the later years to come. Wright had to realize the harsh realities of the consequences of being a black man in the early 1900s. In that time, many blacks were tortured for the simple fact that they were not white. Black people experienced much violence. Jim Crow Laws promoted the idea that blacks were naturally mediocre to blacks in all important ways, including intelligence, morality, and civilized behavior. Whites believed that sexual encounters between blacks and whites would produce a mongrel race that could destroy America; treating blacks as equals would encourage interracial sexual unions; any activity which suggested social equality encouraged interracial sexual relations; if necessary, violence must be used to keep blacks at the bottom of the racial hierarchy.Failure to abide by these laws meant you could be beaten, jailed, or even killed! Brutality was influential for Jim Crow. It was a technique of social power. A black person could be lynched for even demonstrating their intelligence! Between 1882 and 1968 there were 4,730 known lynching, including 3,440 black
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