Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
Yet when William Rehnquist writes that Plessy v. Ferguson should be overturned and blacks and whites should be separated, you don't say a word about that.
Unlike Blitzer, this was actually the way Rehnquist felt.
Why, that boy should be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, gosh darn it, he's a hero.
Plessy v. Ferguson is an early segregation case, in which the majority opinion held that distinctions based on race ran afoul of neither the Thirteenth or Fourteenth Amendments. In Harlan's famous dissenting opinion, he said that states could not impose criminal penalties on a citizen simply because he or she wished to use the public highways and common carriers. He argued that such laws defeated the whole purpose of the Civil War amendments. This dissenting opinion's power increased with time and eventually led to the overturning of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1954 by Brown v. Board of Education.