1/8 African American Although Plessy was considered black or colored at the time, like many residents of New Orleans, he was racially mixed and only of about 1/8 African Ancestry
Facts of the case
Is separating blacks and whites from public transportation an act of racial segregation ?. Is Louisiana's law mandating racial segregation on it's train's, an unconstitutional infringement on both the privileges, and immunities and the equal protection clauses of the fourteenth amendment?.
Questions before the court
Constitutional Application 14th Amendment
plessy has an equal right to ride in the white car since he was sold and purchased a ticket for that car.
There existed a state law which said that the railroad must set up separate but eqaul facillities for the white and colored races. The railroad has done this therefore plessy should sit in the colored car.
Arguments for the petitioner
Although whites and blacks ride different automobiles, they are still all equal.