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  • You belong in THIS cart sir. Nowhere else. 
  • This is unjust! I'm taking this to court.
  • Plessy v. Ferguson  1896
  • As you can see............
  • 1.The state of Louisiana enacted a law that required separate railway cars for blacks and whites. 2. In 1892, Homer Adolph Plessy -- who was seven-eighths Caucasian -- took a    seat in a "whites only" car of a Louisiana train.    3. He refused to move to the car reserved for blacks and was arrested.               
  • The statute is reasonable!
  • Is Louisiana's law mandating racial segregation on its trains an unconstitutional infringement on both the privileges and immunities and the equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment?
  • "The constitutionality of this act conflicts both with the Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution, abolishing slavery, and the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits certain restrictive legislation on the part of the States."
  • "The purpose of the statute is to preserve public peace and good order and to promote the comfort of the people."
  • "Although the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution was designed to enforce the equality between the races, it was not intended to abolish distinctions based on color, or to enforce a commingling of the races in a way unsatisfactory to either. Laws requiring the separation of the races do not imply the inferiority of either. If the law “stamps the colored race with a badge of inferiority,” it is because the colored race chooses to put that construction upon it. Therefore, the statute constitutes a valid exercise of the States’ police powers."
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