HIST102 week 2 Forum

The establishment of Jim Crow laws in the South was enacted to segregate black people from white people. The rationale behind these laws was separate but equal. Homer Plessy was from Louisiana and was one eighth black. He decided to ride in the whites section on a train when he was asked to move to the colored car he refused and was subsequently arrested. Civil Rights activists brought the case to the Supreme Court after losing in the lower courts. The landmark case Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) would ultimately be the start of racial discrimination. The Court held that segregation did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment as long as long as blacks had access to accommodations equal to whites. The Doctrine known as Separate but Equal tried to justify segregating blacks from whites. However, black facilities were completely substandard when compared to white facilities. Even state funding for African American schools was subtanially less than funding provided for white schools. Segregation was completely prejudiced against African Americans. (Henretta 433
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