Imagine sitting in class alone and bored because your best friend can’t be in the same class or even at the same school as you. This inhumane separation is what the segregation laws in the late 1800’s and 1900’s did. The african americans and whites could not share even the littlest of things. From water fountains and bathrooms to schools and neighborhoods, the blacks and whites never shared and were segregated for decades. The Brown vs Board of Education court cases changed the way we live today, undoing the wrongs of the previous Plessy vs Ferguson case. Without this case our school, community, and world would be completely different. These two court cases are extremely important because our civil rights along with equality would not be the same. Our civil rights is what we as a country thrive off, without them we would have no say and be living under complete control. As the Brown Vs Board of Education help create the world we live in today, we owe big thanks to this case and the people that made it happen.
After the win of the Civil War, slaves all around the country got their freedom, which initially lead to the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement made education and work easier for the african americans. Before this though there was a court case the made segregation the lifestyle for everyone. The plessy vs ferguson case was supreme court case in 1896 that assesses the segregation on the blacks and the whites during this time. The plessy vs ferguson case stated that all men were created equal but segregation still existed. It insisted that as long as the separate facilities for the separate races were equal, segregation was allowed in the eyes of the Fourteenth Amendment. Around this time, Jim Crow Laws were very relevant and were basic laws that the people lived by. Segregation was very common and accepted as the normal function of the social classes. Although slavery was outlawed in 1865, many continuities of oppression still existed. Separation of schools, bathrooms, waiting rooms, along with many additional things, including Jim Crow Laws were put to an end in 1952 as the people of Topeka won the Brown vs Board of Education court case.
In 1952 the Brown Vs Board of Education court case creeped upon the people of Topeka. This court case pushed and pushed for a change in segregation and to end the corruption formed from the Plessy vs Ferguson case. The Brown vs Board of Education case in May of 1954 had a blow out of votes. The “separate but equal” was not working for people, and some thought it was completely unfair, and took a change. This court case had an unanimous vote, letting blacks and whites become equal, without segregation. Finally putting down the wrong doings from the Plessy vs Ferguson by the help of the Brown vs Board case may have changed our world and community today.
“Segregation…not only harms one physically but injures one spiritually… it scars the soul… it is a system which forever stares the segregated in the face, saying your less than you are not equal to”. This saying from Martin Luther King Jr proves that segregation is harmful in many ways and that there is no need for it. The Plessy vs Ferguson case made many wrong choices, and caused a rough time in our history. With the Brown vs Board ending segregation it also help start the civil rights movement. This case was the first big impact in the racial society and cause people to realize that equality should be provided not given. Rosa Parks was another historical figure who helped change and start the civil rights movement. The Montgomery bus boycott help change the way blacks and whites lived together. Rosa Parks, along with thousands of other civilians marched for their equality, helping end segregation with many other civil right acts. The Brown vs Board of Education case and many other remberal acts help end segregation and helped created a better community for us today.
The Brown vs Board of Education help push racism and segregation to an end. Without these two court cases the world may not be as it is today. Equality would not be the same, and discrimination would haunt or schools and society. Equality, fairness, and love would not be creeping around the world, but hate, evil, and discrimination would be.This case help end segregation but our community along with the world can help prevent racism. Next time racism occurs near you, take a stand, stop the problem by interfering or standing behind someone to make sure people are safe, and put an end to discrimination. Racism is unfair and evil and we can help. By protesting and marches to articles and voicing your opinion, we as a community and students can finally out segregation to an end.
Article by Taylor Pollard & Video by Kelly Owens
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