The 120th Anniversary Of The Plessy Decision

On May 18, 1896 the Supreme Court upheld one of the most infamous decisions in American history.

120 years passed after the Supreme Court handed down a decision, establishing the shameful doctrine “separate but equal”.

First, some brief background. On June 7, 1892, Homer Plessy, who was 1/8 Black, boarded a “white only” car of a railroad train. After Plessy announced he was Black, he was immediately took off the train and arrested. The man claimed a violation of his rights under the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments, which provided for equal treatment under the law.

However, in a 7-1 decision the Court upheld the Louisiana law that required separate accommodations for blacks and whites on railroads. That’s how Whites made racism legal all over the country.

Unfortunately, this is not the first case of white supremacy. Remember Germany ruled by Hitler, who became a dictatorship. His racial policy and laws were as legal as American ones 120 years ago.

White people have to be ashamed of their ancestors who oppressed Blacks for a long period. It’s time to recall the suffering of black men and women in America. Whites need to be reminded about who was responsible for that tragedy.

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