Sin, segregation and sex in the white supremacy
Even after the Emancipation Proclamation that brought slavery to an end in the in the South, the supposed Jim Crow laws came to govern racial discrimination as it called for strict segregation along the racial lines of the races. Despite the fact the laws instituted lasted for a while since many were removed, the legalized segregation survived time till the onset of the 1960’s. This was possible due to the much power and influence that the Democratic Party in the South welded (Watts, 2010). During the 1960’s the was systematic abuse of African Americans’ human rights as segregation just like slavery was as a labor system planned to draw out economic resources from the African Americans. The act of Segregation was exerted to the African Americans through lynching, fraud and one party rule. As Tyson (2005) recounts, his father who was a Methodist minister could not avoid the race issue in the North Carolina home.
White supremacy and its effects
Initially, the white supremacy against the African American was marketed to the citizenry via unique racial propaganda, caricatures of black women and films representing African Americans as unreliable criminals. All these served to justify the racial oppression that was perpetrated by the white supremacist. In the case of African American women, this group was considered to be an easy target for the white men’s sexual greed. Grandin & Klubock (2007) highlight that; the white men in the south were so much engrossed in black women and as a fundamental premise in Jim Crow, “a white man could never be guilty of raping a black woman” (p. 113).
As a result, the African American women who were domestic workers dwelled in constant fear from being attacked by the white men. From the occurrences of murder such as that of Dickie Marrow who was killed even after he pleading for his dear life. These event sparked rage.
The murder of Marrow led to peaceful protests by the black community regarding the act of brutality against them. While Dickie Marrow was black man, those who murdered him where white. This sad event occurred barely ten years after people perceived that civil rights was a done “deal in Oxford, North Caroline” (Tyson, 2005, p.88). Tyson dad, like other ministers were caught in a difficult time weighing between his conviction and the congregation. It was difficult for ministers like him to assail the fears and prejudice of their congregation but at the same time look for a mean of speaking out the truth in the spirit of love to the white supremacist. Tyson fathers like other white liberal sought a common Christian cause for the oppressed in the society.
The white supremacist regarded that it was sin for the white and the colored to share together venues or facilities. This notion was upheld by many supremacists who advocated for segregation. In one instance, a member of the Chavis family was murdered by a white assailants having committed sin, the “sin of teaching white and black children in the same classes” (Kelly, 2009, p.9). Tyson (2005) assert that the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 was “probably the most important political event in the history of the state” and that its “omission from North Carolina history may have been the biggest of the lies that marked my boyhood.” (p. 271). Such riots made it possible for the African Americans to push against segregation in the American society.
The segregation by the white supremacy was a tool that was aimed at undermining the African American who was constantly subjected to murder and brutality such as rape. Indeed, colored women bore the huge brunt as many white men assaulted them with the believe that the law never catered for them. Despite the ‘sin’ of equating the whites and the colored as equal, some ministers strived to fight for end of the white supremacy at a time when the colored were pushing for their civil rights in the American society.