Basically, it was acceptable to mess up the delivery of a black child but not a white child. The Brown versus Board of Education case is a huge ruling due to the connection of cases before becoming reversed, the impact the ruling had on the rest of the world, and how the ruling caused the destruction of “equal but separate” facilities. Also, the Brown versus Board of Education ruling became the start of a civil rights movement; this gave blacks around the world hope that the U.S. was taking huge strides in equality. Although the U.S. did take a huge stride,
I believe if it wasn’t for the Brown vs. the board education the civil rights movement would not have had such an establishment. I said that because it was the first thing that happened involving segregation, even though there were other incidents coming up before the movement. This was the first step on to making America a better place for African Americans. Despite the other two incidents: The Emmett Till murder and Rosa Parks arrest. The Brown vs. board of education was also a key case for the civil rights movement.
Brown v. Board of Education to this day remains one of the most important cases that African Americans have brought to the surface for the good of the United States. Brown v. Board of Education didn’t just focus on children and education, it also focused on how important equality is even when society claimed that African Americans were treated equal, when they weren’t. This was the case that opened the eyes of many American’s to notice that the separate but equal strategy was in fact unlawful. In 1896, the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision set that “separate” facilities for blacks, and whites was constitutional. With the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Plessy was overturned along with the separate but equal implementation.
The request for an injunction pushed the court to make a difficult decision. On one hand, the judges agreed with the Browns; saying that: “Segregation of white and colored children in public schools has a detrimental effect upon the colored children...A sense of inferiority affects the motivation of a child to learn” (The National Center For Public Research). On the other hand, the precedent of Plessy v. Ferguson allowed separate but equal school systems for blacks and whites, and no Supreme Court ruling had overturned Plessy yet. Be... ... middle of paper ... ...tock market among black Americans have rocketed since the 1980s. The political and economic force of that black middle class continues to bring America closer to the vision of racial equality that Dr. King might have dreamed of 50 years ago.
Brown was then introduced to attorney Thurgood Marshall, who helped... ... middle of paper ... ...of US History, the authors divulge that many people including, African Americans did not favor the idea of desegregated schools, some felt that it would cause tension between not only students but also adults (Benson, Brannen, and Valentine 197). According to World Book Advanced, the author says because of this, Brown v. Board of Education II was enforced by congress, stating that desegregation was to be put in schools with deliberate speed (Garrow n.p.). In World Book Advanced, Tushnet states due to the success of the trial, after noticing how Marshall handled the case, President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the United States Court of Appeals (Tushnet n.p.). By passing this law, it gave African Americans the encouragement they longed for. It also allowed African American to start standing up for more equal rights, not only in schools but society as well.
This has caused many problems and harsh feelings of unfairness and thoughts of reverse discrimination ever sense. Affirmative action in education was originally intended to guarantee people equally protection under the law for minorities in schooling. It was also designed to destroy discrimination in job fields based on ones color of skin. What this ended up doing however is called reverse discrimination. Now non-minority individuals who work hard to earn a spot in employment can easily be passed over simply because they are non-minority.
(Paschal 154) DuBois believed that assimilation was the best means of treating discrimination against blacks in the 1920 's. Education was a key to a diverse and cultural society. DuBois being a well-respected intellectual and leader, worked to reach goals of education and peaceful resolutions between the races and classes. DuBois felt that the black leadership, of Booker T. Washington, was too submissive. Washington wanted black to try and get along with society "trying to fit in".
Brown v. Board of Education is a story of triumph over a society where separating races simply based on appearances was the law. It is a story of two little girls who has to walk through a railroad switchyard in Topeka, Kansas in 1950 just to attend school. With lunch bags and backpacks in hand, they make their way to the black bus stop which is a distance of the tracks. They have to walk this distance, pass the buses filled with white children because they are unable to attend the nearby white school under threat of the law. There comes a time where change must come, but is stopped by fear of the broken spirited.
(Civil Rights Foundation, 2015.) This had been a problem that many African-American families had to endure across the United States based on the “separate but equal” law that stated that both families had the opportunity to attend school. What made this an issue though, is that Topeka had 18 neighborhood schools for white children, however there were less than five for children of different races. (Civil Rights Foundation, 2015.) The Brown’s were the defendants at the federal level; because they were trying to change how the laws were and to try and create an opportunity that provide everyone with equal education.
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas was a milestone in American history, as it began the long process of racial integration, starting with schools. Segregated schools were not equal in quality, so African-American families spearheaded the fight for equality. Brown v. Board stated that public schools must integrate. This court decision created enormous controversy throughout the United States. Without this case, the United States may still be segregated today.