Jena-Six - Audrey Christie English 1100 17 October 2007 The...

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Audrey Christie English 1100 17 October 2007 The Jena Six Racial discrimination originated in America’s Deep South. The Deep South is considered all states southwest of Tennessee to east-central Mississippi, and extending through the Alabama and Georgia state line. There is a long history of hostility between white and black people in these particular states. After the Emancipation Proclamation, when slavery ended and segregation was done away with, there was still an unrelenting abhorrence between the Caucasian and African-American race tracing back to the Civil-rights era. Recently, two noosed ropes launched a huge controversy. Small-town justice erupted concerning the Jim Crow laws and the south and its racial double standards. The term Jim Crow originated early in the eighteenth century, and quickly became a racial slur referring to black, colored, or Negro in the vocabulary of many Caucasians. The Jim Crow laws discriminated against anyone of the African-American race. They involved the use of public schools, and public services such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, cinemas, and public baths. Public transportation including the use of buses, trains, and taxis were also segregated. In many southern states marriages between African-Americans and whites were segregated, as well. The “Jena Six” has been making headlines across the United States for months now. They have been making headlines due to a black student who asked if he was allowed to sit under an oak tree outside at a high school assembly last year. This particular oak tree was known to the high school students as the “white tree,” due to the fact that only Caucasian students
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assembled there; it was an unwritten rule. The principle told students he may sit wherever he likes. Afterward the black student and some of his African-American friends sat under the oak tree and conversed with some fellow Caucasian schoolmates. The following day, as students
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENGLISH 1100 taught by Professor Faulkner during the Fall '08 term at East Carolina University .

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