History: The Color Line

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Later in history, other key factors were responsible for maintaining these inequities. One example of this is "the color line." The color line refers to policies that were implemented with the purpose of segregating African Americans following emancipation. The color line refers to the reservation of desirable employment opportunities for white individuals (Rogers, 2011). Enforced restrictions such as the color line kept minorities in poverty, and with little to no financial assistance, people of color were often left hopeless. After the abolition of slavery, Southern states enforced laws known as "black codes." The black codes were designed to restrict the freedom of black people who had been freed from slavery. These codes worked to ensure
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