Essay about Achieving Racial Equality Within The United States

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Achieving Racial Equality Within The United States
Out of all the cases that have dealt with racial inequality and segregation Brown v. Board Of Education of Topeka has to be number one on the list for having the biggest impact on those topics. Brown v. Board of Education was a case that would determine the outcome of public education in the United States. It all started with Plessy v. Ferguson when the court created the “separate but equal” doctrine. This doctrine states that if a school choose to be racially segregated that they must provide a separate facility that provides the same accommodations as the original school (this originally was not intended for schools but instead for transportation). With having this doctrine in place schools generally did not put in their full potential when providing the separate school with equal facilities. There were four cases besides the Brown case that were debating over how the two schools that were originally supposed to be “equal” were not at all. Those four cases being in all different states were called: Belton v. Gebhart, Briggs v. Elliot, Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, and Bolling v. Shape. All four of these cases had a scenario where a black student was not being admitted into a white school and the separate school did not fulfil the promise of having an equal school. After many debates and discussions of each case the decision of the court ultimately came down in the defendant’s side of the argument…

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