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colour bar, noun phrase

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Also with initial capitals.
Origin:
U.S. EnglishShow more Special sense of U.S. English colour bar the legal, social and political distinction between white and black people.
historical
The practice or policy of excluding black people from skilled jobs, first entrenched in the Mines and Works Act, No.12 of 1911. Cf. job reservation. Also attributive.
Note:
Used also in the general English sense.
1926 M. Nathan S. Afr. from Within 183The mines now employed coloured men on engine-driving, which was one of the occupations forbidden by the colour-bar regulation.
1992 V.L. Allen in Guardian Weekly 10 July 2To the outside world, de Klerk’s reforms were breathtaking but to blacks they were merely legal acknowledgements of changes already present. The legal colour bar had been abolished in 1988, the pass laws to prevent the urbanisation of blacks were a dead letter.
The practice or policy of excluding black people from skilled jobs, first entrenched in the Mines and Works Act, No.12 of 1911.

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