Separate but Equal
SEPARATE BUT EQUAL
The doctrine first enunciated by the U.S. Supreme Court inplessy v. ferguson, 163 U.S. 537, 16 S. Ct. 1138, 41 L. Ed. 256 (1896), to the effect that establishing different facilities for blacks and whites was valid under theequal protection clauseof thefourteenth amendmentas long as they were equal.
The theory of separate but equal was used to justify segregated public facilities for blacks and whites until in brown v. board of education of topeka, kansas, 347 U.S. 483, 74 S. Ct. 686, 98 L. Ed. 873 (1954), the Supreme Court recognized that "separate but equal" schools were "inherently unequal." The principle of "separate but equal" was further rejected by the civil rights acts (42 U.S.C.A. § 2000a et seq.) and in subsequent cases, which ruled that racially segregated public facilities, housing, and accommodations violated the constitutional guarantee of equal protection of laws.
Civil Rights; Integration; "Plessy v. Ferguson" (Appendix, Primary Document).