People felt threatened by blacks.
Racists wanted to keep black people opressed.
Unfortunately, hate was winning out for that time period.
Actually, it was a prudent measure to protect people from violence.
It was just far better to keep people apart who were too different to relate.
God commanded us to keep difference races separate.
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White people, many of them at least, were brought up to believe that blacks were inferior, were sub human in fact. It took a long time for those old stereotypes to be held up to the light of day and seen to be based on ignorance and prejudice.
Much as black people, at least a few of them, are being brought up to believe that the problems they have are the fault of white people.
It's racism, pure and simple, and has been a bane of humanity for centuries.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
I'm glad that most here cannot remember this period and am proud to have had a small part in helping get those wretched laws repealed.
I am proud of the fact that I am too young to remember Segregation.
Ironically, one of my young adult grandchildren asked me about segregation last night because her 3rd grade daughter is studying it in her history book. She just couldn't wrap her head around the idea that people would be singled out for discrimination solely on the basis of something like skin tone.
While I was trying to help her understand what the US was like back in the 1950s we ventured off into McCarthyism and the demonetization of all people who had any connection whatsoever (voluntary or not) with Communism. My granddaughter said "Oh, this is sort of like how some people demonize all Muslims based on the actions of a few radicals". Out of the mouth of babes.....
We then discussed the recent spate of 'illegal immigrant' laws which are pretty much based on skin tone and racial characteristics and allow law enforcement to demand paperwork from Hispanics that would land them in court if it were demanded of blond-haired, blue-eyed people.
She finally understood. Hoping this will help some here understand how and why segregation took place. We need to be vigilant so that this never happens again.
How about "it existed so that people today can feel good about themselves because they didn't live then and would have been caught-up in it due to class structure and tradition."
sanctimonious comes to mind...
Kind of like what Nazi's thought of Jews. Subhuman.