Jim Crow Laws: Unfair And Unjust To African-Americans

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5th Hour Cause and Effect Essay Jim Crow laws The Jim Crow laws were unfair and unjust to all African-Americans by making them unequal. The Jim Crow laws are laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. It used the term separate but equal, even though conditions for African Americans were always worst than their white counterparts. They could not eat at the same restaurant as white people, they could not used the same restrooms, and they couldn't even use the same drinking fountain. Their schools and buildings were severely underfunded and not properly maintained. Blacks could not socialize with white people in public or they risked being arrested. “A black male could not offer his hand (to shake hands) with a white male because it…show more content…
That was just one of the guides blacks had to follow. Another was “Blacks were not allowed to show public affection toward one another in public, especially kissing, because it offended whites”. Blacks were basically treated as lesser humans and sometime treated like dogs. If blacks did not follow these laws to the exact they were severely punished and usually always did not have a fair trial. One example of policymaking under "Jim Crow" is the segregation of the military and other federal government workplaces, a policy that was brought about in 1913 under the orders of President Woodrow Wilson. Although "Jim Crow" laws made segregation an absolute legal requirement in many cases, in some places in the U.S., the spirit of racism was enough to keep racial segregation a reality. Even something as simple as traffic was affected by some "Jim Crow" laws, as there were areas in the U.S. where white drivers were always considered to have the right of way while driving, no matter what the circumstance. The Jim Crow laws and system of etiquette were undergirded by violence, real and threatened. Blacks who violated Jim
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