Describe how Civil Rights activists have pushed back against white supremacy in the courts and even though they have often failed.
We have seen how Civil Rights activists have pushed back against white supremacy in the courts and even though they have often failed, it is in the courts, properly interpreting the US Constitution, that most progress toward equal rights have been granted. This week I make you a lawyer defending two cases in Afro-American history.
PARAGRAPH #1: THE BROWNSVILLE AFFAIR, 1906. You are the lawyer defending the 167 African-American Buffalo
soldiers accused of shooting and killing a bartender and wounding a policeman in a drunken brawl. Here is a link to the case
In a speech to the jury, tell why you believe your clients are innocent and should not be dishonorably discharged from the army without pensions and in disgrace. Give at least 3 reasons and begin- May it please the court
PARAGRAPH #2: PLESSY VS. FERGUSON, 1892. You are the lawyer defending Plessy, arguing that segregation is unconstitutional. Cite at least 3 constitutional amendments to back up your argument. Use your Amendments sheet or go to this link to familiarize yourself with the amendments:
and this link to refamiliarize yourself with the case Plessy vs. Ferguson: