Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)

Did the Louisiana law treat whites and blacks equally?

"We consider the underlying fallacy of the plaintiff's argument to consist in the assumption that the enforced separation of the two races stamps the colored race with a badge of inferiority. If this be so, it is not by reason of anything found in the act, but solely because the colored race chooses to put that construction upon it. "

(Justice Brown in Plessy)

Does the above quotation suggest that they opinion might have been written on Mars?

What test does Court apply?

"Every exercise of the police power must be reasonable, and extend only to such laws as are enacted in good faith for the promotion for the public good, and not for the annoyance or oppression of a particular class."


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