In addition to being mistreated, laws were created to prohibit interracial marriage. In 1967 people believed that it was "preserving 'racial integrity '" (Loving v. Virginia). Many people were called ignorant for thinking about the situation differently. The Equal Protection Law was violated because
Some Social Darwinists believed that it was lawful and proper for all these injustices to occur because some nations had the right to command and control “lesser people”. Even some presidents of the time would not look into the issue and avoided talk about elevated levels of racism and nativism. Minorities and the inequality they saw everyday was extraordinarily jarring and still visible
Harlan did not understand why white people decided to treat colored people as beneath them. The treatment of colored people, in this aspect, clearly had conflicts with the thirteenth amendment, yet the majority was ignoring what the thirteenth amendment had stated. What Harlan said was that the thirteenth amendment was not only to banish the existence of enslavement for everybody, but to give everybody no matter what color the freedom to move about equally. Due to being confined on where they can go and what they can do, affects the thirteenth amendment. Also due to being treated as such, due to the color of their skin, affects the fourteenth amendment by not abiding to their treatment of equality.
I think that non-violence was important to him because he wanted to show that he was not going to be a mean ruthless guy to the white people. Because he did 'nt want people to think that all blacks are mean and harmfull. All he was trying to do is talk it out and acheive the goal of getting the right for blacks to vote. Like what he said in the letter form burrmingham jail "I am in Birmingham because injustice is here" he was being treated unjust for not doing anything
The Plessy versus Ferguson case from two different views on equal rights, Plessy thought that treating people equal meant treating them the same. However the courts said that they are giving people the same treatment, but that does not mean it has to be in the same place. The courts said that the states have the power to decide if they are going to separate the colored from the whites. Plessy still believed that treating people equally meant treating them the same. He argued that the railroads were not treating people equally, because he was not allowed to sit with the whites.
It was a bad law that helped perpetuate injustice and needed to be eradicated. Martin Luther King recognized that segregation was the force that was impeding on his people’s civil rights. Segregation was a bad law and the reason for that was the people making the laws (the statesmen) didn’t know what they were doing nor did they care about upholding an ethical and moral obligation to
In the case of Strauder v. West Virginia, an African American man challenged the state’s law that only whites could serve in jury duty, saying that it was unconstitutional to the 14th Amendment, but the court ruled that states could choose to exclude any person from serving on a jury, even if that reason was simply because they were not white (Strauder v. West Virginia). From this decision, it is clear that, even after the passing of the 14th Amendment, many, if not most court judges thought that African Americans were inferior, intellectually and morally, to white men, and still held that equal participation in the government should not be possible. The denial of African Americans from serving their country, through their local courts, in the same capacity as white people was a chief reason for the continual contention that was had with state governments, especially those that were disinclined to allow civil rights to African Americans, and court appeals for violation of rights seemed to be the most effective way to induce the equality of the races, or at least to make people aware of the social injustice. One of the most famous examples of the push against discrimination was the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education, a consolidation of four cases from four states against the state government for the laws against African Americans children from attending “whites only” schools violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (Brown v. Board of Education). The idea of schools that educate students of different races was not a frontrunning issue in America’s sociopolitical eye until the eve of the Civil Rights Movement, and although the Fourteenth Amendment protects the rights of American citizens to enjoy equal institutions, the
Since, it isn’t justified for America to give us this right of speech, when they knock us down for using it. The Black Lives Matter Movement is proof of this, they protest over and over but the government doesn’t want to take responsibility or change for the better of the community. As a community we need to see actions taking place, not only just words. I think they are right for opposing the dominant culture, since it is going to take a lot of work for America to socially change, and we have stick up for what we believe in or them would never been any change in America. America has become a better nation with time, protests and the power of a counter culture always existing to fight for equality, no matter the gender and race.
I think Justice Harlan‘s prediction was spot on correct. The ruling in this case did hugely impact the country in exactly the way he described it at first. For years there were many protest, anger, death caused by the segregation. The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment did not guarantee anything against private segregation. They did make it known that things just had to be equal.
After the Civil War, Congress passed the 13th Amendment to free all slaves and ban slavery in the United States. Even though former slaves were free, there was still laws that displayed discrimination towards African Americans. These laws were called the Jim Crow Laws. Jim Crow was a fictional character that embodied African Americans from the whites point of view.
The United States is often referred to as ‘the melting pot’ because of the different ethnicities and races that American society is composed of. Indeed, the United States presents an interesting phenomenon of coexistence of different cultures. Yet, it is important to understand that differences often lead to power imbalances, and the United States, does not deny that it has become a victim of it. For many centuries, American society was shackled with different types of historical inequalities, including ethnic, racial, sexual, class, and gender inequalities. We do not deny that the United States also has a shameful experience of the most rigid system of racial discrimination for one of our minority groups, such as slavery.