(Photo credit Rick Story)
Promoting a different set of values altogether are the old pre-Civil Rights era drinking fountains, used to enforce exclusion and segregation. Using basic drinking water as an enforcer of class status was an incredibly powerful symbol of inequality.
Today, most drinking fountains go to great lengths to be inclusive. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires public fountains to be wheelchair accessible, and many fountains include stools for children and separate fountains for dogs. We've come a long way.