Jim Crow Laws

Continuing our discussion on history and how we have been taught inaccuracies:

Jim Golden wrote this on June 12, 2020 and it’s set to public.

Yesterday’s post was very heavy and long. Today I’m going to go easy on you because the four resources I’m recommending are pretty heavy.

  1. Read this article on the Jim Crow Laws. I know you’ve heard of them before but there is a lot to learn about them. Also, discussed in this article are several Black Americans we rarely learn about in our history textbooks. (Ida B. Wells; Charlotte Hawkins Brown; Isaiah Montgomery)
  2. Learn about the film “Birth of a Nation.” It’s credited with being “the foundation of modern cinema” but it also glorified the KKK and they used it as a recruiting tool for decades. This podcast episode from NPR is a good place to start. The video installed a deep fear of Black men in the white viewers which hasn’t diminished with time.
  3. Listen to this episode of Code Switch: 100 Years Later, What’s The Legacy Of ‘Birth Of A Nation‘?
  4. Listen to this episode of Code Switch: The Goal: To Remember Each Jim Crow Killing, From The ’30s On

And so what’s most compelling about this is how easy it is to lose pieces of our history and how important recovering this particular piece of it if we’re to understand what’s going on today. Not only should we not lose any of our history, but this is particularly important to understand the ways in which this past continues to resonate and recycle and reiterate itself through black experiences with the criminal justice system today.

January 3, 2015 – Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday

Code Switch is one of my top resources for people wanting to learn about racism. Check out all of their episodes. Here’s their byline: What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.

If you don’t click on the links and dig in, then this blog post is not very helpful. Please do some reading/listening/watching!

* History.com Jim Crow Laws
* How ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Revived the Ku Klux Klan – Alexis Clark Updated: JUL 29, 2019 Original: AUG 14, 2018
* 100 Years Later, What’s The Legacy Of ‘Birth Of A Nation‘? Code Switch.
* The Goal: To Remember Each Jim Crow Killing, From The ’30s On Code Switch.

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Previous posts in this series:
Intro: #OnceYouSeeRacism
1. Build your “talking about racism” muscles. – {general racism}
2. The Dangers of the Colorblind Mentality – (color blind mentality}
3. Be Color Brave, Not Color Blind {color blind mentality}
4. See and Honor Color {color blind mentality; “the talk”}
5. What is an Ally? {allyship}
6. Allyship – digging deeper {allyship}
7. What Privilege? {white privilege}
8. Nobody is mad at you for being white. Nobody. {white privilege}
9. What “White Privilege” is and is not. {white privilege}
10. Juneteenth… {freedom, history}
11. Erasing History… {freedom, history}
12. You are here… {freedom, history}

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