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April 04, 2005

malloc madness and Jim Crow

I have serious coding issues today that are really cramping my time. But I felt like making a blog entry anyway, if only to point out something interesting I learned today (which is, of course, the raison d'etre of this blog).

In history class we were taught about Plessy v. Ferguson -- and Jim Crow in general -- as if it were the ineluctable legal consequence of monolithic American racism, where business, government, and majority society were lockstep in support of "separate but equal." We don't tend to doubt this picture because it is held as nearly axiomatic that businesses were run by white men and white men were racist. Change "were" to "are" and you have the substance of every argument against repealing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But have you ever heard the whole story?

Posted by The Greatness at April 4, 2005 01:24 PM