Are you interested in the history about Jim Crow Laws?  What they were and how they impacted African Americans just because they were considered “different” because of their color?  In my opinion, Jim Crow Laws were unfair.  Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”?  Well, it’s the same thing for people, it’s not okay to judge a person because of their looks.  This is exactly what African Americans were having to fight against from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.     Jim Crow was actually a person by the name of Thomas Dartmouth Rice.  Rice was a person that was in the theatrical career in his early twenties.  He didn’t know that the role he would play would make him unforgettable.  Rice had a part in one of his plays that made him play the character, Jim Crow.  To get into the spirit of Jim Crow, Rice painted his face black and danced a dance he said he saw a slave do, he was a huge hit to the audience.  The role of Jim Crow made him unforgettable.  Jim Crow Laws were passed in the late 1870’s for the separation of whites and blacks.  The original laws of Jim Crow were blacks and whites were not allowed to have any contact with each other.  The reason of passing these laws was to prevent calling blacks equals to whites.  Segregation law were passed in restaurants, bathrooms, schools, parks, cemeteries, transportation, and movies.  During these hard times for African Americans, they had to go fight against all the bad things they were being called.  Like, for instance, blacks were considered to be cursed and were treated like second class citizens.  (     Jim Crow Laws violated the saying in the Constitution, “All men are created equal” Blacks were being treated and thought of as slaves, trash, and animals.  Back in the 1800’s, white people believed to have been put on the Earth to do work.  Whites did not believe in equality between themselves and blacks.  Jim Crow Laws took away the rights of African Americans and they were punished horribly from trying to get an equal life.  African Americans were so desperate for equality, they wanted to flee to the North in hopes of being treated fairly.  These dreams were crushed in fear of punishment.  Some people were saying that they were still equal but just separated, you could tell that was a lie.  Whites were going for Jim Crow Laws because of the hatred they had for African Americans.  (     Jim Crow Laws are related to “To Kill a Mockingbird” because in chapter 17, the trial for Tom Robinson being accused of raping Mayella Ewell is very unfair.  Robinson is being treated like trash when Heck Tate is asking Robinson about the events that took place on the day of Mayella’s rape.  Mr. Tate is calling Robinson Ni**er and boy.  This is enough for Dill Harris.  Dill starts to cry when he realizes how blacks are treated unfairly.  Dolphus Raymond admits to Scout and Jem that he pretends to be drunk so people can see the way he lives and that he would rather live like a black than a white.  He’s one of the few people who thinks blacks are equal.     In this essay, you read about the effects of Jim Crow Laws and why it was a bad thing for African Americans.  Just because of people’s colors, looks, or ways, it’s not right to treat people unfairly.  Believe it or not, everyone is created equal.  It’s one of the best things about Independence, you get to be you, and they get to be them.  Remember, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.