Exercise 2

August 17, 2016 8:13 pm Published by

Key Question: Has the criminal justice system historically operated differently for black citizens than white citizens?

Examine the sections called “Treading the Tightrope of Jim Crow”.

Discussion Questions:

  • How was justice evaded in the following cases?
    • Scottsboro Boys
    • Recy Taylor and Gertrude Perkins
    • Jeremiah Reeves
    • Emmett Till
  • What does it say about racism and segregation that justice was denied these individuals?
  • What do these individuals’ stories of violence and injustice also tell us about the relationship between gender and racism?
  • Why was it so difficult for Rosa Parks and other black activists to achieve justice for individuals like Taylor, Perkins and the Scottsboro Boys?


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