Jim Crow


Alabama in 1956. Picture by Gordon Parks.

Jim Crow (1877-1967?) was the way of life in the American South for about a hundred years after the black slaves were freed. It kept the races separate with blacks at the bottom. It fed on fear. The laws that it was built on were torn down in the 1950s and 1960s by Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr and others in the civil rights movement.

Many older white Americans are still Jim Crow racists in their thinking, but most younger whites are colour-blind racists.

Jim Crow was named after one of the main blackface characters from the old minstrel shows of the 1800s.

Under Jim Crow blacks (then called coloureds) went to separate schools, hospitals, waiting rooms and so on. They had to sit at the back of the bus. In most cases they were not allowed to…

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