Homer Plessy & How his trial began:

Homer plessy who was a native of south louisiana and an african american. Plessy was the kind of person that didn​'t have an obvious skin color. He was a kind of Creole color, and to be specific he was 1/8 black and 7/8 white. Plessy didn't like the laws that were passed about the seperate cars, and was certainly going to try to change them. One day in 1892 Plessy joined with the Black Civil Rights Organization and decided that he wanted to challenge the law. In 1892, Homer plessy proceeded onto a white car on the train and wasn't even recognized as a black man, until he stood up on the train and yelled with emotion, "Im Black". He sat back down, and refused to get up until he was arrested. He was thrown in jail for the night, and released the next morning on bonds..
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During the trial of Plessy Vs. Ferguson:

Homer plessy was arrested that day because Louisiana state laws stated that if you were any percent black, you were required to sit in the "colored or black car" of the train. Plessy had his trial, and argued that these laws contradicted the 13th and 14th amendments. In the opinions of many people this was true, but that didn't stop Judge Ferguson from ruling Plessy completely guilty. Plessy then took the situation to the Supreme Court of Louisiana, because he wanted to end the segregation of trains; even then plessy was found guilty. For the third time Plessy took the case to the Supreme Court of the United States, and was proven guilty. This was because the Louisiana law did not violate the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments. (13th-made slavery illegal in the United States. 14th-states that all persons born in the United States are citizens of the United States and of the state where they live, also that no state can deny citizens of the United States equal protection of the laws.) They claimed that Plessy wasn't forced to be a slave and he wasn't being treated unequally, only separately.external image plessy.jpg

After the trial of Plessy Vs. Ferguson:

Despite the fact that plessy did not win his case, and he was in fact thrown in jail; this trial had a huge impact. It was actually alright to be sepreate but equal, but things weren't always equal. It took 64 years before the "seperate but equal" law was ruled against by the United Stated Supreme Court. Thats when Brown Vs. The Board of Education came into play, in 1954. It was then ruled completely that "seperate was not equal!" After this case it became illegal across the United States for blacks and whites to go to seperate schools, and have seperate facilities.Then the Civil Rights Movement came, and made everything about segregation dissapear. A lot of people didn't like the idea of their children going to school with the "black folks" and sometimes wouldn't send their kids to school. But it was no longer an issue, because our constitution was no longer "color-blind," and it's all because one "mixed man" stood up on a train and screamed his nationality with pride.
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