American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A barrier, created by custom, law, or economic differences, separating nonwhite persons from whites. Also called color bar.
- n. barrier preventing blacks from participating in various activities with whites
“The Republican Party lost its most famous black supporter when Jackie Robinson, the first black to break the color line in Major League baseball and one of the country's most highly respected sports heroes, announced that he was quitting Rockefeller's Republican staff and going to work for the Democrats to help defeat Nixon, calling the Nixon-Agnew ticket "racist.”
“Cops no longer hung in Hattie Fontenot’s bar and the color line began to dissolve, then broke like a dam.”
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