The Equal Protection Clause

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Racism is a powerful piece in our nations history. About more than 60 years ago, we struggled in a society of discrimination and racial segregation. We lived in a time of cruelty because we didn’t see eye to eye with a person who had a different skin color. But overtime we have evolved from racism and focused on fairness. The interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment has contributed to racial equality by the Equal Protection clause. The clause was a deciding factor in cases that involved racism. Though it sometimes limited rights, the Equal Protection clause eventually became a key element to justice. Lum vs. Rice (1927) was a Supreme Court case where the Mississippi education board did not allow a nine year old girl to attend the…show more content…
Unlike the Lum vs. Rice case, “separate but equal” had no place for society because it was now (legally) seen as unfair. The Brown vs. Board of Education repealed the Lum vs. Rice case and the discriminatory Plessy vs. Ferguson case. The Brown vs. Board of Education case did not fully desegregate public schools, but it influenced a sea of activists to start making a change. From bus boycotts to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the civil rights movement turned into a revolution. Lum vs. Rice and Brown vs. Board of Education included the equal protection clause from the 14th Amendment where the state can’t “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws.” In Lum vs. Rice, the 14th Amendment limited the rights of the Lum family because they were classified as “colored.” In Brown vs. Board of Education, the 14th Amendment expanded the rights of students because schools were now segregated. These cases are different not only because of their outcomes but because of a change in time. The 1920s were much more conservative years compared to the 1950s. We’ve started to evolve from the tradition of keeping things separate to choosing to live as equals. Today, we are free from discrimination. People from different cultures and ethnicities can come together in school, work, etc. But race plays a small factor in the job industry and admitting
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