Humility is no fun. In a recent article @Robert Lindsay and others noted how well people behave in areas where their spirits and souls are crushed like a soda can. But honestly, with Blacks it went too far. Using bullwhips to keep them in line and make them work? Also, Jim Crow was so ridiculous that courts had separate Bibles for swearing in a witness.
But I don’t think most Southern Whites were terrified of Blacks (they had them often as servants even in their home) as in thinking they had a disease. The main problem was they were afraid of Blacks they didn’t know and large numbers of Blacks, which is the case in the South.
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I certainly don’t advocate “humility” for people, especially if their souls and spirits are crushed like a soda can. You’re right, Jim Crow was ridiculous but also reprehensible.
I didn’t come of age under Jim Crow. It was being dismantled when I was a little kid, and our parents and other elders didn’t have anything good to say about it – in fact, they didn’t really talk that much about what they’d gone through. I remember them wanting us to look forward and take advantage of the opportunities they never had!
The White view of Blacks changed since then. At the height of US slavery, I doubt Whites feared Blacks much at all. Ethnic Whites also get some benefit from being humbled. They are often closer to their family and typically less naive than non-ethnic Whites.
My favorite Blacks are old Southern women. They were not slaves but had to watch their p’s and q’s when they were young.
The strongest White on Black oppression was in the Caribbean. A Southern Black’s lineage could go back to early America. their lives were well regarded for the most part. In the Caribbean they could and would order a new batch of slaves after the others were worked to death. So Black Caribbeans are basically the last order.