deannie: Don't Bother Me (GEN-lotus)

As was demonstrated in an interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

Well, now, she should have learned about Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka at some point in her education, huh? This landmark civil rights case paved the way for a number of other civil rights legislations.

Simply put (by Chief Justice Warren) the case hinged on this question:

Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other "tangible" factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities?

The court ruled that, in fact, it does. Again, quoting Warren's majority opinion for the Court:

We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of "separate but equal" has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. Therefore, we hold that the plaintiffs and others similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the segregation complained of, deprived of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. This disposition makes unnecessary any discussion whether such segregation also violates the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Now, of course, "separate but equal" (which is, you know, completely nonsensical, as how is separate ever really equal?), Sarah Palin should have learned in school, came from a court case called Plessy v. Ferguson back in 1896, but I leave that case for someone else to cite in his or her own LJ.


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