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Why Did The Supreme Court Decide To Overturn Plessy V. Ferguson, As Explained In Brown V. Board Of Education?

Why did the Supreme Court reverse its ruling in PLESSY v. FERGUSON? In 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that racial segregation did not violate the 14th Amendment.  In 1954, in Brown v. Board of Education, it reversed trend.  My  question is, why?  What made the Justices reverse a half-century-old precedent?

One reason I can come up with is the ideologiucal hyprocisy of fighting fascism half a world away while suppressing our own people at home.  African-Americans played an instrumental role in WWII (the Tuskegee Airmen, for example), so it was particularly wrong for them to find injustice half a world away and to come back home to see more of it.  Maybe that's why, or maybe that's at least PART of the reason.  Let me know if you can come up with another, or better, one.  Thanks a lot.

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The 1954 landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. The Board of Education Topeka Kansas was one of five segregation cases brought to the high court. The Brown case was chosen as namesake because the state of Kansas was less volitale than the four southern state counterparts. The Plessy decision sanctioned the 'separate but equal' doctrine in which southern state segregation ordinances were enforced. The power and recognition of the NAACP had grown significantly since its inception. By the late 1930's the organization focused on the foundations of segregation in smaller lawsuits as the way to dismantle segregation from within rather than addressing the Plessy case head on. In 1939 Missouri v. ex.rel. Gaines the high ruled that African Americans be admitted to the law school or build another equal facility. In 1950 McLaurin v. Oaklahoma State Regents the court ruled that the school segregation policy created a 'badge of inferiority' These early cases set the stage for Thurgood Marshall's attack on the

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This is me again; if you're answering this question, please read the following first....

1. I meant to say, "fight injustice half a world away...."

2. Sorry about misspelling "ideological."

to those who are answering this inquiry, thanks again for your time and your input.