A couple of days ago, I was watching a documentary on PBS that was about deaf whites and blacks during the 1940s. Now, we all know that the schools were segregated due to race. The schools where most whites attended had signs that said, "Whites only".
What does that REALLY mean? Does that mean that other races (Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Native Americans, Mexicans, and Arabs) could enter any white restaurant, attend any "Whites Only" school, could sit in the front of the bus, and could live in the same neighborhood as whites, but long as they were not black?
If that is true, then I'm confused. All Asians and Mexicans aren't white but they had the same rights as whites during this time.
Then if that's true, what is considered to be equal to white?