The NCRA And Plessy V Ferguson: Diminishing Hopes
Albion Tourgee initiated the first version of a “million man march” when he began the NCRA in the late nineteenth century. Unlike other activist organizations before and after his, Tourgee was mainly interested in providing the American government and people with quantitative evidence that there was indeed an opportunity to move the country towards equality among the races.
Whether referred to as “segregation” or “accommodation”, the notion of race as a distinguishing feature among American citizens created a self-fulfilling prophecy of assigning different values to different people across the country; resulting in different treatment based primarily on those values.
Exploring the bitter truth of the Plessy vs Ferguson decision