The Nuremberg Laws
This might be a little bit of stretch but in class today while we were discussing the Nuremberg laws I thought about the comparison that could be made between the Nuremberg Laws in Germany and the Jim Crow laws in America during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Both of these laws had a goal of eliminating a certain group of people from a larger society. While reading the Nuremberg laws you can see that some of them are used in a very similar manner to the Jim Crow laws for example in the Jim Crow laws it was stated that “A black male could not offer his hand (to shake hands) with a white male because it implied being socially equal. Obviously, a black male could not offer his hand or any other part of his body to a white woman, because he risked being accused of rape.” Then for the Nuremberg laws there is an entire portion devoted to the protection of German blood and German honor which basically states that Jewish people can’t marry Germans they also cannot have any relations with a German individual.  If you think about it Jewish people weren’t allowed to shop in certain stores or go into certain restaurants they weren’t seen as citizens, German people looked down on them. Sound familiar? It should, African Americans were also not allowed to shop in certain stores or go into restaurants, and they had “black only” stores or restaurants they were allowed into. There is also the argument between Goering and Goebbels about how Jewish people shouldn’t be allowed on the same train compartment so they do not mix with the German people. Much like African Americans weren’t allowed to sit in the front of the bus or next to a white person even in a car, they had to sit in the back or even the trunk. While the laws aren’t exactly the same but they are very similar in many ways. I can’t help but wonder if these laws were even remotely inspired by the Nuremberg laws, both sets of laws made it legal to treat a specific group of people as less than human.
This image was on the front page of a Nazi publication and is very similar to images created of African Americans during the Jim Crow era.
 ” What Was Jim Crow.” Jim Crow Museum: Origins of Jim Crow. 2012. Accessed November 5, 2015
 Sax, Benjamin C., and Dieter Kuntz. Inside Hitler’s Germany: A Documentary History of Life in the Third Reich. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, 1992. 406-407
 Sax, Benjamin C., and Dieter Kuntz. Inside Hitler’s Germany: A Documentary History of Life in the Third Reich. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, 1992. 416-418