“The South’s adoption of extreme racism was due not so much to a conversion, but to a relaxation of the opposition. All the elements of fear, jealousy, proscription, hatred and fanaticism had long been present, as they were present in various degrees of intensity in any society. What enabled them to rise to dominence was not so much cleverness or ingenuity as it was a general weakening and discrediting of the numerous forces that had hitherto kept them in check.”
– from C. Vann Woodward, The Strange Career of Jim Crow
What conclusion can be drawn from this text?
A) Fighting for civil rights is what caused segregation in the first place.
B) Opposition itself is what helped segregation to flourish in all parts of the country.
C) Society itself encouraged and accepted segregation in all parts of the United States.
D) Segregation was a natural progress of any nation to wanting to have full civil rights.