Segregation: Seperate but Equal

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Linda Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas advocated the need for change in America in the mid 20th century. America was a country in turmoil, after many futile efforts to make social change had failed but Linda Brown’s groundbreaking case pushed America in the right direction. At the heart of the problem was segregation. Segregation is the act of separating a certain person or faction from the main group. In America’s case segregation was practiced on minorities such as African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. The full force of segregation was brought down on African-Americans. Segregation was based on shear hatred of blacks by white Americans. The majority of them derived their hatred for African-Americans from their…show more content…
The main topic of discussion in the re-argument was whether or not segregation in schools violates the fourteenth amendment. Consequently the court did not base there final decision on how the Fourteenth Amendment should be interpreted but solely on how segregation effected colored students and if colored students were treated equally. On May 17, 1954 the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision was read: “We come then to the question presented: 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.” The Supreme Court diminished the idea of ‘separate but equal’ and showed it had no place public education. This ruling required the integration of schools all across America. It declared the segregation in public schools that existed in 21 states at the time unconstitutional. This court case was a enormous step in desegregating public schools but it would be awhile before all public schools were completely desegregated. In fact, the ruling called for desegregation of schools but it did not require desegregation by a specific date or time. In 1955 another re-argument was held to discuss the terms of desegregation of the public schools. Ultimately the Supreme Court ordered that school boards make a “prompt and reasonable start towards full
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