Essay on Brown V Board Of Education

1062 Words Sep 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout history, people with disabilities have been victims of discrimination and other injustices. There are numerous laws and acts that have been passed in an attempt to prevent the continuation of discrimination and unequal rights. As time progressed, the laws became more progressive, and have expanded to include more groups of people. A majority of the laws that have been enacted have been built upon foundations that were previously set by preceding laws. The first monumental court case that laid the foundation for future cases concerning special education is the infamous Brown v Board of Education. Brown v Board of Education is a broad term used to reference five separate court cases that were heard by the Supreme Court. While each of the cases had slight differences, all of the cases are centered around whether it was constitutional for state’s to segregate public schools. Thurgood Marshall, an attorney who presided over the case, argues that separate schools for black and white children were “inherently unequal” which violates the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment. The Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional, and that “separate but equal” has no place in the field of education. This ruling affected not only people of color, but also people with disabilities. Therefore, institutions for educating students with disabilities violated the equal protection clause, and “ separate but equal” no longer applied to educating…

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