This is the white entrance of the movie theater. You can't come in this way!
Leave or else I am calling the police!
I know. It is unfair. We should not have to be segregated like this but it is not our choice.
This is not right. I am a freedman. Why can't I enter through the same doorway?
It hasn't been cleaned since it opened!
Why is our movie theater so dirty?
Before the Civil Rights Act were passed, Jim Crow Laws segregated blacks and whites. They were unable to use the same bathrooms, movie theaters, sections on buses, etc. The laws were lenient on white people because it did not effect them. These laws were radical for blacks because it restricted them from things in everyday life.
During Reconstruction, even though the 13th Amendment abolished slavery so blacks seemed free and there would be restoration from when they were slaves, black codes still barracaded them from doing things that whites were able to do. It effected them from being able to intergate together. Blacks had to use different entrances and sections of facilities.
The Plessy V. Ferguson court case was about even though blacks were seperate from whites, they were determining if they were equal to whites. They werent equal. There facilities were dirty and smaller. They also weren't equal because they did not have the same freedom and rights.