Need help with political science: What does the term "Separate but equal" describes?

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The term “separate but equal” describes:

 the reigning racial discrimination doctrine used from about 1890 until the 1950’s that enabled segregation.

  the reigning racial discrimination doctrine where blacks and white students had to be educated in the same classroom.

 the reigning racial discrimination doctrine where blacks and whites were afforded equal protection under the law.

  the reigning racial discrimination doctrine where blacks and whites could ride in the same railway cars.

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TwinkleR
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The answer is the reigning racial discrimination doctrine used from about 1890 until the 1950’s that enabled segregation.


"Separate but Equal" was the notion that blacks and whites should use separate facilities, but that each of those facilities would remain "equal" in quality. This idea allowed segregation - or, the institutionalized separation of black and white people - to persist until the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's-1960's. 

The actual phrase derives from an 1890 Louisiana law which required "all railway companies carrying passengers on their trains in this state, to provide equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races." 


Source(s):http://americanhistory.si.edu/brown/hist...

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