In 1896, the United States Supreme Court confirmed the Separate but Equal doctrine in a landmark case supporting state-sponsored segregation. The Court determined that having “equal but separate” facilities – a train car, in this case – justified blatant discrimination and the exclusion of black people from white spaces.
In reality, facilities for black people were inherently unequal. Resources were abysmal and inadequate. Their doctors were not as competently trained. Their schools were not comparably funded. Their restrooms were not as well maintained. Their ability to survive, let alone thrive, was throttled due to exclusions that kept them from accessing the same basic resources as their white counterparts.
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