Legal segregation

If I can put it in figurative language, it may be true that the system of segregation is on its deathbed, but history has proven that social systems always have a last minute, a strong breathing power.  And the guardians of the status quo are always on hand with their oxygen tents to keep the old order alive.  And so in a sense segregation is still with us.  Not in the open sense that it used to be with us, with legal sanction, but in the covert, in the subtle, in the defacto sense.  — MLK, Speech at Illinois Wesleyan University, 1966

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