Jim Crow

Jim Crow refers to a series of racist laws and measures that discriminated against African-Americans. Even though these laws were enacted between 1876 and 1965, the effects of Jim Crow are relevant today.

Originally, Jim Crow was the name of a character in a plantation song in the American south. From there, it became associated with discrimination against African-Americans after slavery. Jim Crow laws made it difficult for African-Americans to vote. Forcing African-Americans to use separate restaurants and bathrooms was another example of Jim Crow. This name is synonymous with bigotry and racism. Even today, when there is racism against African-Americans, people will refer to Jim Crow.

Definitions of Jim Crow
  1. noun
    barrier preventing blacks from participating in various activities with whites
    synonyms: color bar, color line, colour bar, colour line
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    type of:
    ideological barrier
    a barrier to cooperation or interaction resulting from conflicting ideologies
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