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While I'm sure it's happened to other marginalized groups with outward signifiers, (at the very least, with race) the fact remains that there is a history of oppression that stems _directly_ from enforcement by others, divorced from any organization or coercing agent. There is a reason that the phrase "State's Rights" is a dogwhistle for racial oppression – deregulation allows for vacuums of power to be filled by others, including social ones.
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Jim Crow election restrictions weren't a unified federal policy; they were state and locally crafted impediments (and enabled by the violence/organization of state citizens that peeled back black and Republican influence). The original Ku Klux Klan wasn't an arm of the gov. – it was a fraternal organization whose members felt entitled to and were able to attack freed people. Sharecropping was not law – it was those in a position to control resources so others were kept needing.
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