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Equal Rights

American Government Presentation 4th hour

Duard Cable

on 16 April 2010

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Transcript of Equal Rights

14th Admentment: Probids any state to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Washington vs. Davis:
This court case delt with the topic of discrimination. This case happened when two blacks challenged the District of Columbia police department's requiremennts to pass a verbal test. The two men stated that more blacks fail the test then whites do. The court still ruled this case constitutional.
After the case occured the court stated that a law or other official actions must refelct some racially discriminatory purpose to violate the fourteenth amendment. Equal Rights Sources:
Government in the United States.( Textbook)

Plessy v. Ferguson:
This case talks about the Jim Crow laws. These laws stated that segregration by race in schools, housing, restraunts, hotels, and the like. In this case the supreme court said the fourteenth amendment allowed seperate facilities for different races and whites as they were treated equally. However, John Harlan said that the constitution was colorblind. He believed that civil rights gave all citizens equallity before the law. This resulted in the seperate but equal doctrine. The doctrine stated that the colored and whites could be eperated as long as they are treated the ame. Brown v. Board of Eduucation of Topeka:
In this case a young girl was dinied admission to a all white school because of her race. She was then sent to a distant all black school from her home. The court ruled that the segregation of school was uncontitutional because they were never going to be equal. This case demolished the seperate but equal doctrine.
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