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10 Shockingly Racist Moments in Restaurant History

The paper bag test determined where you could sit during segregation


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We all know that the United States had laws that segregated whites and people of color, and that restaurants had signs regarding race. But, it wasn’t always easy to figure out who could sit in each section. Mixed-race people did exist back then, too.

To figure out where to place light-skinned people, restaurants used a “paper bag test.” If a person’s skin was darker than a paper bag, they were barred from sitting in the whites’ section.


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