I’m from Alabama, and yes, up until the civil rights era, there was discrimination.
Now as far as cruelties, beatings and especially lynchings, that is something that rarely happened, and usually by white ne’er-do-well trash. Good common white folk—the vast majority—were Christian and kind towards blacks. They had known them their whole lives in many cases as workers, nannies, cooks, domestic help, etc.
Most all blacks then were very hard workers, happy to have a job and treated like men and women in that job. Most white folks had trouble calling such black folks “Boy” or “Girl” to there face. Oprah likes to tell us it was every other word, but not so. It was impolite and disrespectful, and it wasn’t done because you respected them. Yet Jim Crow was the law, and most people of that day supported it. So yes, it did take the civil rights struggle to end this.
I wish someone would write a book or movie showing how the South really was. Mean cracker sheriffs and James Dean toughs roughing up blacks for amusement was so rare that such occurrences WERE news then. The norm was nothing like this. Blacks and whites had lives that were entangled together in many ways in the South, much more so than anywhere else. Driving Miss Daisy came closer to the truth—the Werthans (the old lady and Dan Akryoid) where the norm.
Nowadays, in retrospect, most older whites around here are glad Jim Crow and segregation are gone. Younger whites who never saw or remember it (I do but very vaguely, I was quite young) can only experience that era from others—and those others are too often Hollywood, TV, the Left-wing media and the Race Industrialists like Lewis...
So they wave the bloody shirt, and today the Left-wing Sunday Show media will let Lewis wave it all morning, as if Doctor King wanted more than political and social equality based on merit.
Thank you for that post. Good insight.