In 'Black Like Me," what are the differences between the white and "colored" waiting rooms?

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The two waiting rooms were set up to separate the African-Americans from the Caucasians.  During this time of racial division, some whites considered themselves to be superior to African-Americans; African-Americans were, unfortunately and unfairly, considered by many to be "second-class" citizens, if that.  Some Caucasians did not want to be in the presence of African-Americans and felt that it was beneath them to have to sit in their presence.  It may have also been done to spite or humiliate (or both) African-Americans, as well.