Justice Harlan had been born in Kentucky in 1833 and grew up in a family of enslavers. No one would be so wanting in candor as to assert the contrary. The destinies of the two races in this country are indissolubly linked together, and the interests of both require that the common government of all shall not permit the seeds of race hate to be planted under the sanction of law. There is no caste here. Plessy gegen Ferguson. But it is difficult to reconcile that boast with a state of law which, practically, puts the brand of servitude and degradation upon a large class of our fellow citizens, our equals before the law. Plessy v. Ferguson: Justice Harlan Dissents. But it seems that we have yet, in some of the states, a dominant race—a superior class of citizens, which assumes to regulate the enjoyment of civil rights, common to all citizens, upon the basis of race. Sixty millions of whites are in no danger from the presence here of 8 million blacks. Every true man has pride of race, and under appropriate circumstances which the rights of others, his equals before the law, are not to be affected, it is his privilege to express such pride and to take such action based upon it as to him seems proper. Indeed, such legislation as that here in question is inconsistent, not only with that equality of rights which pertains to citizenship, national and state, but with the personal liberty enjoyed by everyone within the United States. The white race deems itself to be the dominant race in this country. Plessy v. Ferguson / Summary of Decision. No one would be so wanting in candor as to assert the contrary. We boast of the freedom enjoyed by our people above all other peoples. The recent amendments of the Constitution, it was supposed, had eradicated these principles from our institutions. University of California, Davis - School of Law. We boast of the freedom enjoyed by our people above all other peoples. While Harlan had opposed the Thirteenth Amendment (which abolished slavery), the experience of seeing brutal attacks on African Americans in the immediate post-Civil War years apparently changed him. In 1892, they arranged for Homer Adolph Plessy to be arrested on an East Louisiana Railway train for refusing to move to the car designated for “colored passengers.” The case eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1896 as Plessy v. Ferguson (named for the judge who first ruled against Plessy). Others were made at a time when public opinion, in many localities was dominated by the institution of slavery, when it would not have been safe to do justice to the black man; and when, so far as the rights of blacks were concerned, race guides in the era introduced by the recent amendments of the supreme law, which established universal freedom, gave citizenship to all born or naturalized in the Untied States and residing here, obliterated the race line from our systems of governments, national and state, and placed our free institutions upon the broad and sure foundation of the equality of all men before the law.... For the reasons state, I am constrained to withhold my assent from the opinion and judgment of the majority. If evils will result from the commingling of the two races upon public highways established for the benefit of all, they will infinitely less than those that will surely come from state legislation regulating the enjoyment of civil rights upon the basis of race. Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) Justice Henry Billings Brown, Dissent by Justice John Marshall Harlan Historical Background During Reconstruction the American South saw a widespread upheaval of prevailing norms and customs. In respect of civil rights, common to all citizens, the Constitution of the United States does not, I think, permit any public authority to know the race of those entitled to be protected in the enjoyment of such rights. But in view of the Constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens. . We also said: “The words of the amendment, it is true, are prohibitory, but they contain a necessary implication of a positive immunity, or right, most valuable to the colored race—the right to exemption from unfriendly legislation against them distinctively as colored—exemption from legal discriminations, implying inferiority in civil society, lessening the security of their enjoyment of the rights which others enjoy, and discriminations which are steps toward reducing them to the condition of a subject race.” It was, consequently, adjudged that a state law that excluded citizens of the colored race from juries because of their race and however well-qualified in other respects to discharge the duties of jurymen was repugnant to the Fourteenth Amendment. But he objects, and ought never to cease objecting to the proposition that citizens of the white and black races can be adjudged criminals because they sit, or claim the right to sit, in the same public coach on a public highway. If a white man and a black man choose to occupy the same public conveyance on a public highway, it is their right to do so, and no government proceeding alone on grounds of race can prevent it without infringing the personal liberty of each. There is a race so different from our own that we do not permit those belonging to it to become citizens of the United States. The 59 th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education should recall what that great decision did not do—overturn the racial segregation precedent of Plessy v.Ferguson (1896). Justice John Marshall Harlan was the lone dissenter from the decision. So, I doubt not, it will continue to be for all time if it remains true to its great heritage and holds fast to the principles of constitutional liberty. in regard to the colored race, for whose protection the amendment was primarily designated, that no discrimination shall be made against them by law because of their color.”. Brown wrote the majority opinion in Plessy v. Ferguson that affirmed segregation. The opinion in these cases proceeds, it seems to me, upon grounds entirely too narrow and artificial. Sometimes they are to be construed strictly; sometimes, liberally, in order to carry out the legislative will. In order to regain admittance into the Union the former Confederate states needed to Oktober 1911 in Washington, D.C.) war ein amerikanischer Jurist und von 1877 bis zu seinem Tod Richter am Obersten Gerichtshof der Vereinigten Staaten.Er wurde in Nachfolge von David Davis zum 44. . It is quite another thing for government to forbid citizens of the white and black races from traveling in the same public conveyance, and to punish officers of railroad companies for permitting persons of the two races to occupy the same passenger coach. It is one thing for railroad carriers to furnish, or to be required by law to furnish, equal accommodations for all whom they are under a legal duty to carry. Justice Harlan s Dissent in Plessy v Ferguson 1896 Mr Justice HARLAN dissenting While there may be in Louisiana persons of different races who are no… But in the view of the Constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens. In his dissenting opinion, ... And let us celebrate Justice Harlan for articulating why it was right. Each must keep within the limits defined by the Constitution, and the courts best discharge their duty by executing the will of the lawmaking power, constitutionally expressed, leaving the results of legislation to be dealt with by the people through their representatives. Plessy v. Ferguson / Excerpts from the Dissenting Opinion. The court ruled that segregation based on race was acceptable as long as facilities were of equal quality. PLESSY v. FERGUSON: Justice Harlan's Dissent 1896 Excerpt. Justice John Marshall Harlan wrote a memorable dissent to that decision, parts of which are quoted today by both sides of the affirmative action controversy. In respect of civil rights, common to all citizens, the Constitution of the United States does not, I think permit any public authority to know the race of those entitled to be protected in the enjoyment of such rights. The sure guarantee of the peace and security of each race is the clear, distinct, unconstitutional recognition by our governments, national and state, of every right that inheres in civil freedom and of the equality before the law of all citizens of the United States without regard to race. In my opinion, the judgment this day rendered will, in time, prove to be quite as pernicious as the decision made by this tribunal in the Dred Scott Case. . Juni 1892 kaufte ein Schuhmacher aus New Orleans, Homer Plessy, ein Bahnticket und saß in einem Wagen, der nur für Weiße bestimmt war. The decisions referred to show the scope of the recent amendments of the Constitution. It is scarcely just to say that a colored citizen should not object to occupying a public coach assigned to his own race. There is no caste here. 32 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2008. Mr. Justice HARLAN dissenting. Justice John Harlan’s dissent to the court’s decision in Plessy v. Ferguson was based on the premise Plessy was of mixed heritage. They removed the race line from our governmental systems. I do not deems it necessary to review the decisions of state courts to which reference was made in argument. They also show that it is not within the power of a state to prohibit colored citizens, because of their race, from participating as jurors in the administration of justice. Iowa Law Review, vol. If laws of like character should be enacted in the several states of the Union, the effect would be in the highest degree mischievous. Though dissents do not become law as majority opinions do, they are important because they document the struggle between different interpretations of the law. He married the daughter of a wealthy man and didn’t serve in the Union Army during the Civil War. Statutes must always have a reasonable construction. If evils will result from the commingling of the two races upon public highways established for the benefit of all, they will be infinitely less than those that will surely come from state legislation regulating the enjoyment of civil rights upon the basis of race. See all articles by Gabriel Jackson Chin Gabriel Jackson Chin. Why may it not, upon like grounds, punish whites and blacks who ride together in street cars or in open vehicles on a public road or street? . In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law. But I deny that any legislative body or judicial tribunal may have regard to the race of citizens when the civil rights of those citizens are involved. The thing to accomplish was, under the guise of giving equal accommodations for whites and blacks, to compel the latter to keep to themselves while travelling in railroad passenger coaches. . For the reasons stated, I am constrained to withhold my assent from the opinion and judgment of the majority. But I deny that any legislative body or judicial tribunal may have regard to the race of citizens which the civil rights of those citizens are involved. Abstract. I allude to the Chinese race. Our Constitution in color-blind and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens. One statement often quoted by opponents of race-conscious affirmative action programs is Harlan's assertion that the Constitution is "color-blind," which can be found in the excerpts below. In a 7-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ferguson. May 18, 1996, marks the 100th anniversary of Justice John Marshall Harlan's famous dissenting words in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "Constitution is color-blind." PLESSY v. FERGUSON 163 U.S. 537 (1896) • Majority opinion by Justice Brown • Dissent of Justice Harlan Excerpts This was a petition for writs of prohibition and certiorari originally filed in the supreme court of the state [Louisiana] by Plessy, the plaintiff in error, against the Hon. Another famous example of this type of dissenting opinion occurred when Justice John M. Harlan dissented to the Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) ruling, arguing against allowing racial segregation in the railway system. Justice John Marshall Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court . The arbitrary separation of citizens, on the basis of race, while they are on a public highway, is a badge of servitude wholly inconsistent with the civil freedom and the equality before the law established by the Constitution. It is therefore to be regretted that this high tribunal, the final expositor of the fundamental law of the land, has reached the conclusion that it is competent for a state to regulate the enjoyment by citizens of their civil rights solely upon the basis of race. It decreed universal civil freedom in this country. Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan’s dissent, Plessy v. Ferguson. The result of the whole matter is that while this Court has frequently adjudged, and at the present term has recognized the doctrine, that a state cannot, consistently with the Constitution of the United States, prevent white and black citizens, having the required qualifications for jury service, from sitting in the same jury box, it is now solemnly held that a state may prohibit white and black citizens from sitting in the same passenger coach on a public highway, or may require that they be separated by a “partition,” when in the same passenger coach. At issue was a Louisiana law compelling segregation of the races in rail coaches. Unlike the majority, he believed the Louisiana law was "implying inferiority" of African Americans, and thus violated the Equal Protection Clause of … There is a dangerous tendency in these latter days to enlarge the functions of the courts by means of judicial interference with the will of the people as expressed by the legislature. The present decision, it may well be apprehended, will not only stimulate aggressions, more or less brutal and irritating, upon the admitted rights of colored citizens, but will encourage the belief that it is possible, by means of state enactments, to defeat the beneficent purposes which the people of the United States had in view when they adopted the recent amendments of the Constitution, by one of which the blacks of this country were made citizens of the United States and of the states in which they respectively reside, and whose privileges and immunities as citizens the states are forbidden to abridge. In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law. But this argument does not meet the difficulty. Is it meant that the determination of questions of legislative power depends upon the inquiry whether the statute whose validity is questioned is, in the judgment of the courts, a reasonable one, taking all the circumstances into consideration? That, as all will admit, is the real meaning of such legislation as was enacted in Louisiana. Finally, and to the end that no citizen should be denied on account of his race the privilege of participating in the political control of his country, it was declared by the Fifteenth Amendment that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”, These notable additions to the fundamental law were welcomed by the friends of liberty throughout the world. As Justice Harlan observed, Plessy was in some ways a novel decision, for it expanded the tolerance of segregated schooling into a general principle permitting segregation in all walks of life, and this was likely motivated by a policy preference, as the more recent modes of … Only by revisiting Justice Harlan’s classic dissent would segregation and Jim Crow in the law be finally overcome. But it is difficult to reconcile that boast with the state of the law which, practically, puts the brand of servitude and degradation upon a large class of our fellow citizens, our equals before the law. Railroad corporations of Louisiana did not make discrimination among whites in the matter of accommodation for travellers. the answer is the constitution was color blind its probably too late but to anyone out there searching for the same thing, i put color blind and got it right The thing to accomplish was, under the guise of giving equal accommodation for whites and blacks, to compel the latter to keep to themselves while traveling in railroad passenger coaches. Harlan disagreed with the Court's rejection of Plessy's argument that the Louisiana law implied that blacks were inferior, and accused the majority of being willfully ignorant on the subject. 1. To test the law's constitutionality, Homer Plessy, a Louisianan of mixed race, made a point of getting arrested for sitting in the whites-only section of a train car. It cannot be justified upon any legal grounds. The Thirteenth Amendment does not permit the withholding or the deprivation of any right necessarily inhering in freedom. If a state can prescribe, as a rule of civil conduct, that whites and blacks shall not travel as passengers in the same railroad coach, why may it not so regulate the use of the streets of its cities and towns as to compel white citizens to keep on one side of a street and black citizens to keep on the other? By the Louisiana statute the validity of which is here involved, all railway companies (other than street railroad companies) carrying passengers in that State are required to have separate but equal accommodations for white and colored persons "by providing two or more passenger A statute may be unreasonable merely because a sound public policy forbade its enactment. Excerpted from: Gabriel J. Chin, The Plessy Myth: Justice Harlan and the Chinese Cases, 82 Iowa Law Review 151-182, 151-167 (October, 1996)(176 Footnotes) For a century, the vision of racial equality expressed in John Marshall Harlan's dissent in Plessy v. MR. JUSTICE HARLAN dissenting. If the power exists to enact a statute, that ends the matter so far as the courts are concerned. Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896) In Plessy v.Ferguson the Supreme Court held that the state of Louisiana did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment by establishing and enforcing a policy of racial segregation in its railway system.Justice John Marshall Harlan wrote a memorable dissent to that decision, parts of which are quoted today by both sides of the affirmative action controversy. In Plessy v. Ferguson the Supreme Court held that the state of Louisiana did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment by establishing and enforcing a policy of racial segregation in its railway system. . It was adjudged in that case that the descendants of Africans who were imported into this country and sold as slaves were not included nor intended to be included under the word “citizens” in the Constitution and could not claim any of the rights and privileges which that instrument provided for and secured to citizens of the United States; that at the time of the adoption of the Constitution they were “considered as a subordinate and inferior class of beings who had been subjugated by the dominant race, and, whether emancipated or not, yet remained subject to their authority, and had no rights or privileges but such as those who held the power and the government might choose to grant them.”. Why may it not require sheriffs to assign whites to one side of a courtroom and blacks to the other? In 1890, Louisiana passed a law compelling railways to “provide equal but separate accommodations for the white, and colored, races,” joining several southern states that had already passed similar laws. Not until 1954 did the Supreme Court accept Harlan’s arguments, when it reversed Plessy v. Ferguson with its Brown v. Board of Education decision. Everyone knows that the statues in question had its origin in the purpose, not so much to exclude white persons from railroad cars occupied by blacks, as to exclude colored people from coaches occupied by or assigned to white persons. Railroad corporations of Louisiana did not make discrimination among whites in the matter of accommodation for travelers. The white race deems itself to be the dominant race in this country. They had, as this Court has said, a common purpose; namely, to secure “to a race recently emancipated, a race that through many generations have been held in slavery, all the civil rights that the superior race enjoy.” They declared, in legal effect, this Court has further said, “that the law in the states shall be the same for the black as for the white; that all persons, whether colored or white, shall stand equal before the laws of the states, and. Further, if this statute of Louisiana is consistent with the personal liberty of citizens, why may not the state require the separation in railroad coaches of native and naturalized citizens of the United States, or of Protestants and Roman Catholics? State enactments regulating the enjoyment of civil rights upon the basis of race, and cunningly devised to defeat legitimate results of the war under the pretense of recognizing equality of rights, can have no other result than to render permanent peace impossible and to keep alive a conflict of races, the continuance of which must do harm to all concerned . And so it is, in prestige, in achievements, in education, in wealth, and in power. The humblest is the peer of the most powerful. Ferguson decision was a Kentuckian, Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan. Plessy v. Ferguson MR. JUSTICE HARLAN, dissenting. Am 7. So, I doubt not, it will continue to be for all time, if it remains true to its great heritage and holds fast to the principles of constitutional liberty. And why may it not also prohibit the commingling of the two races in the galleries of legislative halls or in public assemblages convened for the consideration of the political questions of the day? In his Plessy dissent, he insisted that “all citizens are equal before the law” and correctly predicted that upholding the Louisiana law would lead to the passage of even more laws segregating African Americans. The majority rejected Plessy’s 13. th. RE-READING JUSTICE HARLAN'S DISSENT IN PLESSY V. FERGUSON: FREEDOM, ANTIRACISM, AND CITIZENSHIP T. Alexander Aleinikoff* Justice Harlan's dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson I has become an impor- tant cultural text in late twentieth century America. But I do not understand that the courts have anything to do with the policy or expediency of legislation. But however construed, the intent of the legislature is to be respected if the particular statute in question is valid, although the courts, looking at the public interests, may conceive the statute to be both unreasonable and impolitic. The answer given at the argument to these questions was that regulations of the kind they suggest would be unreasonable and could not, therefore, stand before the law. Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833 — 1911). THE FIRST JUSTICE HARLAN BY THE NUMBERS: JUST HOW GREAT WAS “THE GREAT DISSENTER?” by Gabriel J. Chin* During the centennial year of Justice John Marshall Harlan’s most famous opinion, the remarkable dissent in Plessy v.Ferguson,1 an article in the Iowa Law Review2 suggested that Harlan was not a modern liberal on race issues. Justice Harlan’s dissenting opinion. I cannot resist the conclusion that the substance and spirit of the recent amendments of the Constitution have been sacrificed by a subtle and ingenious verbal criticism. Amendment arguments and instead endorsed the doctrine of “separate but equal.” The dissent, written by Justice John Marshall Harlan, disagreed, arguing that segregation laws It not only struck down the institution of slavery as previously existing in the United States but it prevents the imposition of any burdens or disabilities that constitute badges of slavery or servitude. The Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case legalized Jim Crow practices throughout the South. But this argument does not meet the difficulty. The fundamental objection, therefore, to the statute is that it interferes with the personal freedom of citizens. But by the statute in question, a Chinaman can ride in the same passenger coach with white citizens of the United States, while citizens of the black race in Louisiana, many of whom, perhaps, risked their lives for the preservation of the Union, who are entitled, by law, to participate in the political control of the state and nation, who are not excluded, by law or by reason of their race, from public stations of any kind, and who have all the legal rights that belong to white citizens, are yet declared to be criminals, liable to imprisonment, if they ride in a public coach occupied by citizens of the white race. Justice John Marshall Harlan's dissent in Plessy anticipated Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) and was the lone voice on the Supreme Court to challenge the legitimacy of "separate but equal." The thin disguise of “equal” accommodations for passengers in railroad coaches will not mislead anyone, nor atone for the wrong this day done. He served as a Union officer in the Civil War, and following the war, he became involved in politics, aligned with the Republican Party. Justice Harlan wrote a dissent stating that segregation violated the 14th Amendment because it … Persons belonging to it are, with few exceptions, absolutely excluded from our country. In 1890, Louisiana passed a law compelling railways to “provide equal but separate accommodations for the white, and colored, races,” joining several southern states that had already passed similar laws. It was said in argument that the statute of Louisiana does not discriminate against either race, but prescribes a rule applicable alike to white and colored citizens. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan wrote the dissent in the case. The adjudged cases in which statutes have been held to be void because unreasonable are those in which the means employed by the legislature were not at all germane to the end to which the legislature was competent. 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