Brown v. Board of Education and the Battle Against Separation
What is the significance of Brown v. Board of Education?
The case of Brown v. Board of Education is important to read, because of its relevance today, and because of its importance in history. Like in history, most people do not realize how far Brown v. Board of Education was from being the first school desegregation case, how far it came from being the last, how close its most important states are to become the majority, or how meaningful that one woman’s speech was for the struggle.
In 1923, four local schools in Seabrook, South Carolina, were segregationist. The town, then, was said to be a living reminder of what the Southern Jim Crow laws had made possible. The case was decided by the Supreme Court, which was then chaired by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The jury decides by a vote of twelve men and six women. Justice Holmes, who was not present, did not agree with his colleagues’ verdict. He wrote a long and extensive dissent, but the majority opinion upheld the constitutionality of Brown v. Board of Education. His opinion held that the states of the Union had the right to separate their schools based on race, and that schools of all types should be available to children of all races.
Although the case was very important to many Americans, it is not at all well known today, because of the more recent events in politics and the media. In the past two decades, however, the case has become very important.
Below are some of the cases that can be related to Brown v. Board of Education.
At the time, they believed that they had the right to segregate schools on race grounds. This was the beginning of the great period of civil rights. It was important for states to make efforts to integrate schools and to show that laws were enforced by the government.
The American Indian Reservation in the Southwest had a policy of segregation. The leaders of the school, however, felt that segregation was necessary because Indian children were a danger to white people, and that children of all races were to be educated together.
This case went before the Supreme Court, but the Supreme Court ruled that the Indian people had no right to the same freedom as the white people. The Indian people were considered to be part of a different race, and were not equal.
In 1954, the Equal Educational Opportunity Act of 1963 outlawed segregation in schools, making them all equal in the eyes of the law. This was the end of desegregation in schools.
- After this, schools faced the problem of whether to abandon desegregation and allow one race to take over another.
- They decided against this and pursued desegregation, which allowed them to get back the original purpose of the legislation.
- Race was, in fact, just one issue that was resolved, although the philosophy was that race should not be the determining factor in schools.
People do not understand the power of the NAACP. They do not realize that while people might seem insignificant to us, there were very large issues involved. People still needed to be heard, and that those who believed in segregation were making decisions without any basis in fact.
When the ERA was ratified, it said that the law was enforced by the federal government, and that it was unconstitutional for states to require unequal educational opportunities for their citizens. A person cannot be a citizen of a state, and not have equal educational opportunities.
This case speaks very clearly about what happened and how it happened. For instance, it demonstrated that laws against segregation were illegitimate. Also, it showed that a person cannot be treated unfairly because of the color of their skin.