Brown vs. Board of education was actually five cases from five different states rolled into one. The states were Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. The reason it was done this way is because the Supreme Court wanted to answer once and for all the question about whether it was possible to have “separate but equal” school systems. Bringing five cases together into one was also done “so that the decision would not smack of being purely a southern one (Greenspan, 2014).” They didn’t want to make this seem like the North imposing its will on the South, they wanted this to be about justice and equality under the law.
Each of the five cases was appealed to the Supreme Court not by the states, but by the plaintiffs because each case had been defeated in lower courts. Even so, there was some dissent in the lower courts. In South Carolina, judge J. Waties Waring ended his career by stating that segregation in education is, “an evil that must be eradicated (Greenspan, 2014).” He retired in 1952, the same year the Supreme Court consolidated the cases under the name of Brown v Board (Greenspan, 2014).
A unanimous decision was crucial to the success of the decision because, according to Chief Justice, “a dissent would encourage resistance in the South. However, it would seem that the South…show more content… This practice is particularly offensive because if affects everything from small businesses to schools. According to Shaun Donovan, secretary of HUD, “When real estate and rental agents don 't allow minorities to hear about or see all properties available to them, they may wind up assigning their kids to worse schools, reducing their overall safety and limiting their job opportunities (Glink,