The Brown versus Board of Education Case

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"Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other "tangible" factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities? We believe that it does." --quote from the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision. To this day, Brown Versus the Board of Education is known as one of the most significant Supreme Court rulings of the 20th century. Brown versus the Board of Education stated that racial segregation of students disrupted parts of the 14 amendment. The outcome of this case would end up causing a full racial revolution across the United States of America, (U.S.) and a new way of schooling and acceptance of mixed people. Brown versus the Board of Education was such an important court ruling due to the similarity of cases before becoming overturned, the effect the ruling had on the rest of the world, and the ruling caused the end of “equal but separate” facilities. The Plessy ruling of 1896 resembles the Brown versus the Board of Education ruling. Homer Plessy was an African American man that refused to give up his spot on a train when a white man entered the train and had no where to sit. By doing this Homer Plessy was actually breaking louisiana state law. Plessy would later be arrested for his actions, but would decide to fight his arrest in court. He would state that by arresting him they were breaking the “equal protection clause” of the 14th amendment. Soon Plessy’s case would find its way to the U.S. supreme Court, where it would be ruled out on a huge margin of eight to one. The Supreme Court would state that, "The object of the [Fourteenth] amendment was undoubtedly to enforce the e... ... middle of paper ... ... just one example of the discrimination towards black workers. In one Detroit hospital in order for a medical student to get their degree they must deliver only a black baby. They did this because if the medical student were to mess up the delivery of the child, it wouldn’t affect the white person’s child. 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,
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