Jim Crow is Still With Us

Discussion on how racial profiling is today’s equivalent of slavery in American society.

This paper is a reflection of the story by Richard Wright, The Ethics of Living Jim Crow, and how racial discrimination, such as Jim Crow laws, still exist. The paper then explores racial profiling and how it exemplifies today’s racial discrimination.
“After the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, African Americans seemed hopeful for a more just society filled with opportunities. However, instead, a secondary slavery took over as the Whites, especially of the South, felt the need to create a discriminating distinction between the Whites and Blacks. Jim Crow laws did just that, causing segregation and a feeling of inferiority among Negroes. After reading “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow” by Richard Wright, a first person narrative about living during the Jim Crow era, I felt the discrimination and obstacles Negroes had to face at that time. Wright describes the laws and regulations that Negroes had to abide by, which seem completely unconstitutional and completely detrimental to a harmonious society. Jim Crow laws were unconstitutional and immoral discrimination; and although proven so and abolished, the Jim Crow mentality is still prevalent today as evidenced by racial profiling.”