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Case Facts The Plessy v Ferguson case deals with the separate but equal doctrine in the United States It comes from the State of Louisiana where they hold that passengers of different race must be provided with equal but separate accommodations in society This case happened to deal with the seating situation on a train where the coaches were separated equally by race and a man who was of mixed decent Interestingly enough Mr Plessy was of majority Caucasian blood 78th but he was seen as an African-American man 18th By sitting in the white section of the train Mr Plessy was subject to arrest ejection from the train or a fine decided by the court He was ejected from the train by police force 541 because his portion African-American descent required him to sit separately but equally away from the white section of the train This case made it through both the District and State Supreme Courts before reaching the United States Supreme Court The Decision Justice Brown wrote the decision of the court and the vote was 7-to-1 in favor of Ferguson in this case The question that is asked is whether or not the state law of Louisiana of segregation on trains unconstitutional on the grounds that it infringes on the equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment In the opinion of Justice Brown this case wishes to call into question the Constitutionality of the Fourteenth Amendment and the separate but equal clause The Court says here that in all actuality the Fourteenth Amendment was created to protect the African-American race from hostile legislation created in the United States 544 They continue to read this Amendment as a way to create equality but not a way to abolish separation of things based on color The court affirmed that the state law of Louisiana was acceptable because it did not violate the
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