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  • Ok lets take her in and help her.  Here put her down.
  • You know you cannot help her without a black nurse on staff.  You will lose your license and risk the hospital's license.
  • Whites only
  • Help!  This woman was just raped by a white police officer.
  • Hahaha!
  • This is a place of worship.  Stop threatening my family.  Take me if that's what you white boys want.
  • We should leave. Vernon come on.  Do it for your family.
  • Keep it coming.  You know the more I drink, the more money you will have to waste on a... black person
  • Whites only
  • I am Vernon Johns taking a black victim of rape by a white officer to the hospital.  The segregation in the hospital only allows a white nurse to help a black patient if a black nurse was on staff.   This was an example of the Jim Crow Laws that legally allowed this.  The Supreme Court Case, Plessy vs. Ferguson said the Jim Crows Laws were constitutional.
  • The Ku Klux Klan threatened and intimidated colored people.  A burning cross symbolized there was going to be a lynching soon.  The men standing by are the people who called the Johns' family home phone to tell him to go to the church.  This is a threat to Vernon Johns because now he has to be very cautious because he has a family.  The KKK also started getting very violent around voting times because the 15th Amendment guarenteed blacks the right to vote.
  • The 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act guarantees every single citizen of the United States civil rights.  Mr. Johns is vexed by the "Whites only" sign outside the door and the white man smashing the glasses on the floor.  His friend is afraid to enter because he does not know what the white people will do to him.  The man running the counter thinks black people are dirty, which is why he breaks the glasses.
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