Ferguson also demonstrates that African Americans did not have social equality. The case was initiated when Plessy was arrested and charged for refusing to sit in the segregated section of the train in the state of Louisiana. He petitioned against the state of Louisiana, moreover against Ferguson, the trial court judge, for violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14 th Amendment. In this case, the state argued that they did not violate the clauses of the 14 th Amendment because the state has every right to create laws that protect the will of the people. The people of Louisiana wanted to be separate from African Americans. The ruling of the case was in favor of the state because the 14 th Amendment technically does not promise social equality, only political and civil equality. The issues that surround the 14 th Amendment are very clear. The equality guaranteed to all Americans is not enough to avoid discrimination on a day-to-day basis. Through the Plessy vs. Ferguson case we saw that the people of the state of Louisiana had more power to determine the ruling of the case. It not only determined Plessy’s case, but it was a significant moment in American history that showcased what the 14 th Amendment could not protect to all people of color.
- Spring '14
- 14th Amendment, American Civil War, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution