The start of the Brown vs. Board of Education case began
when a little black girl, Linda Brown, had to walk one
mile over railroad tracks to get to her little black
school, when she could have gone to a "white school" just
seven blocks away.
Chief Justice Earl Warren read the final twelve-page decision to a
crowded courtroom on May 17, 1954. Warren read aloud:
"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 education
"We believe it does."
There it was the unanimous nine to zero decision. There were four
other cases tied into this case to help Warren and the other justices
make their decision.
Minors of the African-American race were involved in each of the
events. Though their lawyers they sought the aid of the courts in
obtaining admission to the public schools of their district on a non
segregated basis. African Americans have been un-allowed admission
to schools with white kids under the laws requiring or permitting
segregation to race.
Segregation supposedly deprived the plaintiffs of the equal
protection of the Fourteenth Amendment. In each of the
cases, a three-judge state court didn't let relief come to the plaintiffs
on the so-called "separate but equal " doctrine
announced by the court in 1986.
The Supreme Court of Delaware ordered that the plaintiffs be admitted to
the white schools. Due to there superiority to the African-American
schools. The plaintiffs have stated that segregated public schools are
not equal and cannot be made equal and that they are deprived of the
equal protection of the laws. Since the question at hand is of obvious
importance the court has taken jurisdiction. This argument was first
heard in the 1952 term. The cases questions were again heard in this
court again this term.
The appeals were almost completely devoted to the details surrounding
the accepting of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868. It
extensively covered the consideration of the Amendment in congress,
approved by the states in the then existing practices of racial
segregation with the views of the proponents and opponents of the
Amendment. This discussion and our "own thoughts, questions, and
answers lead us to believe that even though these sources cast some
light there is not enough to solve this problem in which we are trying
to solve. At the most these sources are of no help. The most likely
proponents of the, "post-war amendments" undoubtedly intended
them to "remove all legal distinctions" among all persons born
or naturalized in the United States. Their opponents, we are just as
certain were antagonistic to both the letter and the spirit of the
amendments and wished them to have the most limited effect. Who knows
what others in Congress and the state legislatures had in mind can't be
obtained with any hope of being right. For additional reasons of
this nature of the amendments history with dignity towards segregated
schools we believe that "Separate but equal" can in fact never
be made equal. Only when segregation in public schools end will the
schools be made equal. So on that day May 17, 1954 they had voted for the
plaintiffs with a 9-0 vote for stopping segregation.
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