Ken Harris 'Black Bottom Entrepreneur' 26-06-2013 Hits:2701
We thought we had escaped the Jim Crow laws established and enacted between 1876 and 1965, shortly after the emancipation of slaves. If we don’t quite remember the mandated de jure racial segregation in all public facilities within the Southern states comprising the former Confederacy, starting with 1890’s "separate but equal" status for African-Americans, we are headed back there now. The Jim Crow laws separated White from Black, putting African-Americans in inferior conditions based on class, race, and status, systematizing the economic, educational, and social inequalities and disparities that still persist today. The rebellion of the southern United States and the resultant Confederacy steered patterns of segregation in housing, enforced by covenants, bank lending procedures, and job discrimination—including discriminatory union practices—for decades. Remember, Jim Crow laws enforced the segregation of public schools, public places, and public transportation, as well as the segregation of restrooms, restaurants, and drinking fountains for Whites and Blacks. Keep in mind that these laws followed the 1800–1866 Black Codes, which had previously restricted the civil rights and liberties of African-Americans with no pretense of equality.
Just hours ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case of Shelby County v. Holder that...
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