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.
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.
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.