TIL Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 Supreme Court case that ruled segregation laws did not violate the US Constitution. The underlying case began when Homer Plessy, 7/8ths White man, attempted to ride in the Whites-only section of a train car. It is widely regarded as one of the Court’s worst decisions

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plessy_v._Ferguson

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  1. Fun fact, the Plessy case was intentionally engineered by the public transport companies of New Orleans in the hopes of getting segregation struck down (cuz no one wanted to spend the extra cash for two rail cars when one would do).

    Unfortunately, the case backfired on them and it essentially enshrined segregation in law for the next half century.

  2. > Justice John Marshall Harlan was the lone dissenter from the Court’s decision, writing that the U.S. Constitution “is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens”, and so the law’s distinguishing of passengers’ races should have been found unconstitutional

  3. The court is full of bad decisions. We like to think that in history the Court has always been these wise men (lately women) who were able to use there crystal ball to see exactly what the framers were thinking. The reality is they have never cared and have always been influenced by politics and despite the question that always comes up at confirmation hearings about “will you interpret the law or legislate from the bench” the desire result is to legislate from the bench.

  4. A constant reminder that courts are not always right, and that as the human race become more intelligent, we amend our laws to serve humanity in a more dignified and morally proper way.

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