May 18, 2014

On this day May 18th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

On May 18, 1896 the U.S. Supreme Court decision (Plessy v. Ferguson) upheld doctrine of "separate but equal" and began age of Jim Crow.   These are the facts; Plessy (P) attempted to sit in an all-white railroad car. After refusing to sit in the black railway carriage car, Plessy was arrested for violating an 1890 Louisiana statute that provided for segregated “separate but equal” railroad accommodations. Those using facilities not designated for their race were criminally liable under the statute.   At trial with Justice John H. Ferguson (D) presiding, Plessy was found guilty on the grounds that the law was a reasonable exercise of the state’s police powers based upon custom, usage, and tradition in the state. Plessy filed a petition for writs of prohibition and certiorari in the Supreme Court of Louisiana against Ferguson, asserting that segregation stigmatized blacks and stamped them with a badge of inferiority in violation of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth amendments. The court found for Ferguson and the Supreme Court granted cert.   It is for this reason amongst others that DARC declares wholeheartedly that Jim Crow Law full a flaw.


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