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May 7, 2008 Lecture 16 In Plessy v Furgeson (1896) the Court said that segregation was constitutional as long as those segregated were provided with equal facilities and that segregation should not make African Americans fell inferior The court established the “separate but equal” doctrine Brown v Board of Education overturned Plessy to show that separate education is not equal The case of Brown sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott which sparked the civil rights movement which then sparked politics based on identity and a legacy of cultural manifestation (straight hair the afro) Thurgood Marshall, the lead lawyer in the case of Brown, thought that MLK was wasting time with marches and they should rely on the federal courts
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Unformatted text preview: • King, however, worried that the reliance on the federal courts distracted the civil rights activists • Mendez v Westminister (1946) challenged the segregation of Mexican American children in Orange County • Racial boundaries are complex and constantly shifting because race is constructed by society, or is socially constructed • Lawyers stipulated that Mexican Americans were a part of the White race and the case raided no issue of race discrimination • JACL and the NAACP argued that any school segregation was unconstitutional, and argument that was rejected in Mendez, but accepted in Brown...
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