Jim Crow Justice

Jim Crow Justice - Jim Crow Justice Black southerners were...

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Jim Crow Justice Black southerners were forced to comply not simply with state policies and city codes, but with unwritten "negro laws," as well. These implicit boundaries, unspoken social codes and customs underwrote all official legislation and served to reinforce racial hierarchies. For instance, one wrong move, look, word, or reaction could result in imprisonment, the loss of a job, or a fate far worse . In a society in which whites used intimidation, harassment, and violence to contain and control blacks, normally positive individual attributes like confidence, intelligence, and achievement could be suicidal. Southern black families that achieved even modest economic success, black men and women who attempted to vote, and those who failed to act in a servile manner in the presence of whites were subject to punishment at the hands of white mobs. These vigilante groups, which included religious men, family men, and all sorts of citizens from various classes and occupations, were responsible for some of the most appalling crimes ever recorded in the United States—terrorism, arson, torture, dismemberment, sadism, and slaughter. Scholars have been unable to agree on the true number of people murdered during the Jim Crow years, but well
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