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Unformatted text preview: Amendment? Yes. In a unanimous decision, the Court held that distinctions drawn according to race were generally "odious to a free people" and were subject to "the most rigid scrutiny" under the Equal Protection Clause. The Virginia law, the Court found, had no legitimate purpose "independent of invidious racial discrimination." The Court rejected the state's argument that the statute was legitimate because it applied equally to both blacks and whites and found that racial classifications were not subject to a "rational purpose" test under the Fourteenth Amendment....
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2011 for the course POL 142 taught by Professor Jones during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.
- Fall '08