On This Day: 1877

The following is the true, previously untold, story of what happened on this day in the history of black America.

The Jim Crow segregation laws represent one of the darkest periods in post-slavery American history. Believed to be named for a blackface caricature, the legislation dehumanised African Americans ultimately leading to the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s – ’60s. What few people realise is that James “J.O.”  Orenthal Crow was a real person, a white former slaveholder who first proposed the laws.
In 1877, James Crow came to national prominence as a suspect in the murder of his wife and a local barman. When the constabulary arrived to arrest him, J.O. fled on a black horse, believed to be a bronco, leading the police on a chase across a number of counties. Eventually acquitted on a technicality, Crow went on to propose the segregation laws, claiming that his wife and the barman may have been killed by a Colombian hit squad made-up of black people. While most people rejected this idea as ridiculous, the segregation idea caught some steam.
A bit over a decade later, Crow returned to national attention when he was sent to prison for armed robbery, with many believing it was comeuppance for getting away with murder all those years earlier.

This is satire and is not intended to offend anyone. If you believe this is in any way racist, please contact me on Twitter to discuss why you don’t agree with this post.

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