This week the Supreme Court decided it was time to raise the bar on what could be considered discrimination toward, as Ken Blackwell put it yesterday, a more color-blind and meritorious society. It may be important then to look back at exactly how bad it was before the Voting Rights Act came to pass. On Friday's Real History segment of 'Real News' hear the inside story of one of Thurgood Marshall’s lesser known cases, now known as the Groveland 4.
In 1948, 4 African American men in Lake County, Florida were falsely accused of raping a white woman and only two lived through the corrupt system of justice. This one case paved the way for Marshall to be able to bring cases like Brown v. Board of Education.
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