The Pros And Cons Of The Fourteenth Amendment

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The Fourteenth Amendment has, overall, been a great incorporation into the Constitution through its equal protection clause, due process clause, and other specific feature such as the ability to be show the presence of the separate but equal mindset invested amongst individuals in the Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson, the implementation of said mindset in the decision of the Brown v. The Board of Education Supreme Court case, the usage of the due process clause in the 2000 presidential election between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore, and both equal protection clause and de process clause in the more recent case of obergefell v. hodges. First off, Plessy v Ferguson is a prime example for the use of the fourteenth amendment’s equal protection clause protecting Homer Plessy, enforcing a “separate but equal” mindset among the people touched by this court case, and demonstrated the strength of the equal protection clause. Homer Plessy In the 1892 incident, Plessy refused to sit in Jim Crow car (expression meaning Negro, racial segregation directed toward African Americans), breaking Louisiana law. At first the Supreme Court didn’t believe his constitutional rights were violated. Their reason behind this is that it was a state law that “implies merely a legal distinction” between whites and people of color. To them, it did not violate the 13th or 14th amendment. This state law was Louisiana's, the law was about providing “separate but equal accommodations for the
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