Jim Crow

Jim Crow

a practice or policy of segregating or discriminating against blacks, as in public places, public vehicles, or employment.
Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
Also, jim crow.

1830–40, Americanism; so called from the name of a song sung by Thomas Rice (1808–60) in a minstrel show

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favoring or supporting Jim Crow.
for blacks only: a Jim-Crow school.
Also, jim-crow.
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jim crow (ˈdʒɪm ˈkrəʊ)
1.  a.  the policy or practice of segregating Black people
 b.  (as modifier): jim-crow laws
2.  a.  a derogatory term for a Black person
 b.  (as modifier): a jim-crow saloon
3.  an implement for bending iron bars or rails
4.  a crowbar fitted with a claw
[C19: from Jim Crow, name of song used as the basis of an act by Thomas Rice (1808--60), American entertainer]

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Jim Crow
"black person," 1838, Amer.Eng., originally the name of a black minstrel character in a popular song-and-dance act, from a T.D. Rice song that appeared 1828. Even before that, crow had been a derogatory term for a black man. Association with segregation dates from 1842, in ref. to a railroad car for
blacks. Modern use as a type of racial discrimination is from 1943.
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Jim Crow definition

A descriptive term for the segregation of institutions, businesses, hotels, restaurants, and the like. It also refers to the laws that required racial segregation.

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