How did the Court justify the ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson?the 14th Amendment guaranteed equal protection under the law. yet in plessy v. ferguson the surpreme court ruled that segregation did NOT...

How did the Court justify the ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson?

the 14th Amendment guaranteed equal protection under the law. yet in plessy v. ferguson the surpreme court ruled that segregation did NOT violate that amendment.

 

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The Court justified this ruling by arguing that there is nothing inherently unequal about segregated facilities.  They said that it was only the feelings of the black people that made it seem as if segregation was meant to make blacks seem inferior to whites.

The 14th Amendment says only that people must be treated equally, not that they must all be allowed to use the same sorts of facilities.  This is, for example, why there can be separate bathrooms for men and women in public facilities.  Such bathrooms are not deemed to imply that women are inferior to men.  They only imply that men and women are different and that it would be inappropriate for them to be together in such situations.

The Plessy decision essentially said that blacks and whites are simply different and should be kept apart.  This did not, the Court said, imply that blacks are inferior.  Therefore, there was no problem because blacks and whites were being treated equally.

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