Can problems like feelings of inferiority, as mentioned in Brown v. Board of Education, be solved by legislation?The Chief Justice laid much weight on psychological ideas of the 1950s such...

Can problems like feelings of inferiority, as mentioned in Brown v. Board of Education, be solved by legislation?

The Chief Justice laid much weight on psychological ideas of the 1950s such as self-esteem and feelings of inferiority. Question below! Based on Brown v. Board of Education

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Can problems defined in those terms be solved by legislation?

 

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Problems such as feelings of inferiority cannot be completely solved by legislation, but they can certainly be made worse or better by legislation.

Since you use Brown as an example, we'll look at segregation to explain this.  If the law tells you (as a non-white) that you may not go to school with white kids, that will surely increase your sense of inferiority.  Now, the law changes and says that you must be allowed to go to school with the white kids will your feeling of inferiority automatically vanish?  Of course not.  There will still be all sorts of societal messages that tell you that whites are better than you.

This does not mean that we shouldn't bother with legislation.  After all, legislation can help reduce or increase feelings of inferiority.  However, we should not assume that legislation alone will immediately solve the sorts of psychological problems faced by minorities in our country.

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