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  • Voting - Literacy Tests 
  • Red Lining
  • Housing / Real Estate / Lending 
  • Tulsa Race Riots
  • GI Bill Discrimination 
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson 
  • Labor Union Discrimination 
  • School Segregation / Higher Education Restrictions 
  • Wage Gap / Wage Disparity 
  • Tuskegee Airmen
  • Professional degrees by race 


  • Voting - Voter Suppression 
  • Chain Gangs - cheap labor 
  • North West Innocence Project 
  • Central Park 5 
  • Mandatory Minimum Sentencing 
  • Representation in police forces 
  • School - Prison Pipeline 
  • Emmett Till
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