The Importance Of Racial Segregation

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How can racial segregation be separate, but equal? Racial Segregation is anything, but equal given the fact that the superior race (white) had more privileges, segregating schools gave the idea that children of color held lower status, and that in both cases Plessy v. Ferguson & Brown v. Board of Education were in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. With the separation of races the superior race would have more privileges. Segregating colored children from white children in schools created an idea that children of color held lower status in the community than white children. Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education were both taken to court, because of the inequality of racial segregation.

First and foremost, with the separation of races the superior race had more privileges. According to John Marshall Harlan, "...colored citizens are so inferior and degraded that they cannot be allowed to sit in public coaches occupied by white citizens." So, given this statement how is this equal? Having equality means you are treated the way your peers are despise the color of your skin. If colored citizens can't occupy a coach that is filled with white citizens and this is apart of the "Separate Act" that immediately sends an idea that colored citizens are still inferior to white citizens. In the Plessy v. Ferguson case he was rejected about the violations of the Thirteenth & Fourteenth Amendment. According to the article it furthered, "the preservation of the public peace

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