The Amendment Of The Fourteenth Amendment Essay

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The fourteenth amendment according to dictionary.com is “an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, defining national citizenship and forbidding the states to restrict the basic rights of citizens or other persons”. To my housemate, Tara, she didn’t even know what the fourteenth amendment was, but when asked how she defined equality she said “fairness”. To my mom the fourteenth amendment was having “the same rights regardless of sex or race”. Listing the variety of different meanings of the fourteenth amendment and/or equality takes a great part in cases that have happened recently for example, Fisher v. University of Texas. The plaintiff claimed that her fourteenth amendment right was violated when denied admission into the school because of race. Ms. Fisher was claiming that she had been discriminated against because a minority of less intelligence, in Ms. Fishers eyes, was given admission because of their skin color or race. In the articles on affirmative action its states, “It is time for the Court, it added, not only to vindicate Fisher’s “equal protection rights,” but also to “remind universities that the use of race in admissions must be a last resort — not the rule” (Denniston, 2). U.S. v. Morrison, Brown v. Board of Education, Plessy v. Ferguson and The Civil Rights cases all show how the interpretation of the fourteenth amendment has changed in the courts, which factors contribute to how the fourteenth amendment is interpreted, and what these specific…

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