Compare And Contrast Plessy Vs Board Of Education

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Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. Board of Education

In 1890, the state of Louisiana passed the "Separate Car Act." This act required and established the use of the notorious doctrine "separate, but equal." This meant that on railroads and train cars, blacks and whites could be separated as long as the divided facilities were equal and the same. It was like a way to segregate blacks and whites without being morally wrong. They believed that they were not doing any wrong, because the people were still "equal" under the law. Some African Americans and whites were particularly bothered with this act, feeling discriminated against. One particular being, Homer Plessy Ferguson, who was "seven eighths Caucasian and one eighth African blood", …show more content…

Education Cases later on. In 1951, a suit was filed against the Board of Education in the City of Topeka, Kansas. This suit insisted the Board of Education to reverse its segregation policies. Thirteen parents and their 20 children were the plaintiffs in this court case. Colored kids, were required to travel a longer distance to get to school that whites in the area. It often seemed like everything was made more difficult for minorities, for no apparent reason, other than hatred. The ruling of this case was very important, because it would overturn the Plessy vs. Ferguson case. The question was not whether the schools were "equal," which they were under Plessy, but whether the doctrine of "separate" was constitutional, which was ruled as a "no" by the justices. In the end, the majority concluded that "Segregation with the sanction of law, therefore, has a tendency to retard the educational and mental development of negro children and to deprive them of some of the benefits they would receive in a racially integrated school system." This ruling deemed the doctrine "separate but equal" unnecessary, which overturned the Plessy case, and said the plaintiffs had been denied equal protection of the law under the fourteenth amendment. The Supreme Court has realized that there is no real reason to discriminate and segregate races, as it only was creating more problems for the individuals in the future. The psychoactive and mental aspect of civilians was overlooked greatly in the past, and the U.S. focused on what made it grow materialistically and economically. With growing populations of all intervening races and ethnicities, the country was forced to make decisions to help the minority populations in the future, not for the angered majorities who would soon be dead in some 50 years. The idealized version of America also had to be changed, because life was not like being on the set of “Leave It To

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