separate but equal

noun

sep·​a·​rate but equal
ˈse-prət-, -pə-rət-
: the doctrine set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court that sanctioned the segregation of individuals by race in separate but equal facilities but that was invalidated as unconstitutional see also Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and Plessy v. Ferguson

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“Separate but equal.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/separate%20but%20equal. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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