Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

This past May marked the 60th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education.  In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court overturned the decision handed down in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson (1896).  Chief Justice Earl Warren stated in Brown, “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. . .”

However, this ruling did not immediately desegregate what was segregated. This did not happen in full until the 1960s.  Were there any flaws in the Brown ruling?

10 responses to “Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

  1. I do not think there were any flaws in there ruling. I remember back in high school we had to watch a movie about this case and the schools that were supposed to be separate but equal were not equal at all. There books were old and the equipment was horrible. But there still didn’t let everyone go to school together unit 1957.

  2. I believe there was flaws. If it was supposed to be “separate but equal”, then it should have been that way. African Americans were still getting the worse of the bathrooms, the worst of the books, the worst of everything and I don’t think anyone saw that as wrong. If you go back and look at some of the pictures you can tell what was segregated and what wasn’t, even if there was nothing there to identify if it was or not.

  3. There were several flaws with this ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court declared that education must be available to all children on equal terms, yet for many years after the ruling was handed down, most schools in the African American communities continued to lack the basic resources that white schools were privileged to. Another flaw in this ruling is that children with disabilities were still denied to equal access, which led to numerous court cases in the following decades.

  4. I believe there were several flaws in this ruling. The schools were separate, but we’re not equal by any means. The African Americans always received the worst of every situation. The sanitation and quality of the bathrooms, facilities, and books were much less than those of the white citizens. The education system was also looked down upon in the African American schools. This ruling did not define the definition of equality properly.

  5. There was flaws in the ruling just because blacks were equal to whites and no matter what they tried to do whites were always superior to them. African Americans always received the bad end of every situtation because everything was segregated. Blacks were frowned upon because they didn’t recieve the same treatment as whites.

  6. There was defiantly flaws in the ruling. The fact that they considered African Americans to be “separate but equal” is ridiculous. Black students didn’t have books, only had a 3 month school year, and attendance wasn’t important. It seemed that they were setting these kids up for failure.

  7. Yes, overturning “separate but equal” left a trail of more questions, such as the condition of the schools that african americans attended. Just because a legislation is passed with the right intentions doesn’t meant the problem goes away after its implemented. The details regarding the budget or enforcement of school standards is vague, therefore the wealthy white male southern democrats of the era still found ways of keeping the oppressed, oppressed.-

  8. Soledad Cervantes

    Yes. there were flaws, huge flaws in Brown vs. Board of Education case, after it happen desegregation didn’t happen right away, the supreme court gave each state a time limit by when they would have it done by and other states didn’t follow. Minorities were still treated different when it came to education especially in the south.
    http://www.uscourts.gov

  9. There definitely existed flaws in the Brown vs board education ruling. The ruling took place in 1954, however desegregation of schools took at least six more years. This shows that the ruling was just given but not implemented in the way it should have been.

  10. I believe the term “separate, but equal” was the flaw in the ruling because in the 1950’s equal did not mean “same”, it meant “almost the same”. By this I mean that it opened the door for discrimination for things as simple as a water fountain or bathroom. Just because a bathroom or fountain may be the same or made out of the same material, that does not mean that they both are clean and sanitary.

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