Brown vs. Board of Education Essay

1323 Words Nov 23rd, 2005 6 Pages
Brown v. Board of Education The case of brown v. board of education was one of the biggest turning points for African Americans to becoming accepted into white society at the time. Brown vs. Board of education to this day remains one of, if not the most important cases that African Americans have brought to the surface for the better of the United States. Brown v. Board of Education was not simply about children and education (Silent Covenants pg 11); it was about being equal in a society that claims African Americans were treated equal, when in fact they were definitely not. This case was the starting point for many Americans to realize that separate but equal did not work. The separate but equal label did not make sense either, the …show more content…
The African American culture felt that if the children are separated from whites at such a young age, then separate but equal is setting them up to be prejudiced against in adulthood anyway. So NAACP wanted to stop this now so that in the future this segregation can stop. They wanted to completely get rid of separate but equal, so that society can integrate as a whole without worrying about race and color, but being one as a nation. This proposed a difficult decision for the courts, on one hand the judges agreed with the witnesses, one judge wrote: Segregation of white and colored children in public schools has a detrimental effect upon the colored children...A sense of inferiority affects the motivation of a child to learn (Silent Covenants pg 22). However on the other hand, Plessy vs. Ferguson allowed separate but equal schools for black and white children, and no Supreme Court ruling had challenged that yet. But because of the precedent of Plessy vs. Ferguson, the court felt it "necessary" to rule in favor of Brown vs. Board of Education. Brown and the NAACP appealed to the Supreme Court on October 1, 1951 and their case was combined with other cases that challenged school segregation. The following states, South Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware all had similar cases involving segregation of public schools. The Supreme Court first heard the case on December 9, 1952, but did not reach a decision. In the reargument the Court

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