Food for thought from the wiser 1890s, but only for those who are capable of reading and understanding what they are reading. WARNING: NOT Politically Correct!

H. W. Brands

H. W. Brands

Associate Justice Henry Billings Brown wrote the decision for the majority in Plessy v. Ferguson.  He said, in part, “If the two races are to meet upon terms of social equality, it must be the result of natural affinities, a mutual appreciation of each other’s merits and a voluntary consent of individuals.” ― “Concluding his decision he wrote: “Legislation is powerless to eradicate racial instincts or to abolish distinctions based upon physical differences, and the attempt to do so can only result in accentuating the difficulties of the present situation.  If the civil and political rights of both races be equal, one cannot be inferior to the other civilly or politically.  If one race be inferior to the other socially, the Constitution of the United States cannot put them upon the same plane.” From H. W. Brand’s The Reckless Decade, America in the 1890s, Copyright © 1995 by H. W. Brands, University of Chicago Press edition 2002, Page 230.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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