In 2016, the $outhern Poverty Law Center ($PLC) released the “Whose Heritage?” report on the Confederate symbols in the United States. This report had one thesis: The Confederate monuments, memorials, and namesakes were erected ruing the “Jim Crow” era to vindicate white supremacy without consideration of other factors. The report was based on no documented sources, but the charting of monuments and namesakes was used to make a claim the rise of Confederate monuments were attributed to “Jim Crow” racism. Thus, the fallacy was born, an fallacy that is easily refuted by even a cursory examination of readily available source material.
First, many Northern states had Jim Crow laws with New York considered the Northern capital of Jim Crow. In fact, one can make a case—and many did—that Northern attitudes in regard to blacks were harsher than Southerners who had nearly a three-hundred-year history of race relations.
Jim Crow and racism were not isolated to a single region.
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