Did the Jim Crow South Exist Because Blacks Wanted It That Way?

I was with this Black church, and we traveled to the Deep South to visit another Black church, and that was the first time being White seemed to be a problem inside of a church. Some in the congregation made a comment I could be part-Black, and then some middle-school girl called me a honky. It was totally unprovoked – I was a sweetheart, really! The point being that they have a serious problem with race there. In fact, it’s a wonder the Civil Rights movement happened there at all.

The Civil Rights movement in the South might have been more about something other than rights because, honestly, most of the blacks were probably perfectly content with having nothing to with whites at all! From my viewpoint, it seems as if parts of the South might as well have well been a sort of “New Africa.”

Could It Be?

The Civil Rights movement was more about Blacks living in “less racist areas” but not areas totally free of racism? It could have been about the fact that “separate but equal” was really “separate and unequal?” In other words, under Jim Crow, anything offered to the Blacks was low quality, and the only way to stop it was by instituting equal rights.

Blacks Don’t Really Like White people

I heard this from old-timers, and it certainly would apply to the Deep South and Urban North, where generally they don’t like Whites, but the men might drag in a White woman out of lust occasionally and adopt her into the tribe.

This is not the scene in West Virginia and many other areas of the US simply because there are fewer Blacks there, and Black IP doesn’t have a foothold among those that do live there.

What about White Identity Politics?

It’s not as present in the Mid South as you’d think, though it does exist in areas. Overall, a Black person is more welcome in West Virginia than a White person is in Black areas of Mississippi, etc.

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3 thoughts on “Did the Jim Crow South Exist Because Blacks Wanted It That Way?”

  1. I watched both Cocaine Cowboys documentaries. One mentions jurors were segregated. A woman says people don’t like to admit they self-segregate.

    1. Ah, ok, now I understand you! I didn’t understand what you were talking about! You do have a telegraphic style of writing.

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