I am reading a book called Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by
One hundred and five years ago the South had laws on the books referred to as Jim Crow Laws. These laws mandated the segregation of public schools, public places, and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants, and drinking fountains for whites and blacks. These laws also gave the white population the perceived power to do as they please to blacks. Now many of you may believe these laws were vanquished many years ago, try 52 years, 1965. The Jim Crow Laws were overruled by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Sadly even though these statutes may have disappeared the attitudes, and the racism from people, communities and groups has remained even today. It appears old habits die hard.
A quick history lesson, Jim Crow wasn’t a person, Jim Crow was a disparaging and derogatory name for blacks. An exaggerated caricature of what whites believed blacks looked like and represented. It was a wholly racist view marked by and with an image that continues to prevail even today in some circles.
This book has made me about as uncomfortable as any I have ever read. This isn’t a work of fiction, it relies on first hand accounts, and newspaper articles to tell a story about the absolute disregard one race of humans had over another race of humans. The story is graphic and the pictures even more so. It is hard to imagine, even comprehend that one group of people could be treated as shamefully as the African-American citizens of this country were. And what I find interesting is that according