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·Violated his 14th amendment right.
·Separate Car act implied inferiority of minorities.
·Segregated facilities violate the equal protection clause.
· Cannot be denied any rights of citizenship Defendant Argument (Ferguson): ·It is the right of each state to make rules to protect public safety
·Segregated facilities reflected the public’s will in Louisiana
·A separate but equal facility provided the protections required by the 14th amendment and satisfied the demands of white citizens Relief Sought: Plessy's goal was to be arrested so that he was able to challenge the Jim Crow Laws. He desired equality, freedom, protection and rights for all races. Decisions of the Supreme Court: · The court made the decision on May 18th, 1896
· The supreme courts vote was 7:1 in majority for Ferguson/ Louisiana State (one of the judges did not vote)
·Chief Justice Meliville Fuller, Justice Stephen Johnson Field, Justice Horace Gray, Justice Henry Billings Brown, Justice George Shiras Jr., Justice Edward Douglass White, and Justice Rufus Wheeler Peckham voted in the majority for Ferguson
·The majority believed that purpose of the fourteenth amendment was only to “enforce the absolute equality of the two races before the law” and not to enforce social equality or “a commingling of the two races upon term unsatisfactory to other” Importance of Plessy v. Ferguson ·This case did not change, add or take anything away from the constitution
·This case was superseded by the 1954 case Brown vs. Board of Ed. The argument of ‘separate but equal’ did not apply; the facilities built for blacks did not meet the same standards as the facilities built for whites. Plessy v. Ferguson validated the practice of segregation. The end!!!