One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.

from Martin Luther King, Jr – I Have A Dream on Rap Genius

Meaning

Even though African-Americans weren’t officially slaves anymore, the racist politicians in government still found ways to make their lives miserable through Jim Crow laws. These unfair laws retarded or reversed many of the gains made during Reconstruction, an era that saw a fair amount of black advancement and even a number of black officeholders.

Notice how the “WHITE” water fountain looks compared to the “COLORED” fountain.

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