Brown V. Board of Education

A letter to the Editor

Equality in our Schools

Many in our community still remember the days when our small town acted as a salvation against the torment of minorities by whites. Our community was seen as a small haven of protection by those who suffered from discrimination.

It come to the attention of mas that our government has ruled that the segregation of schools systems across the United States be ruled unconstitutional. This is indeed a victory for American society to see this step towards equality for the nation as a whole. It is for this reason that I write this letter to you, asking if your paper would support the decision of the Court case. The final verdict has been met with great controversy and opposition by populations of the southern states. This city has always been one of tolerance and equal standards for all citizens regardless of color or religion. In order for equality to be established we must all stand for the cause of equal rights and our community must join with the stand against prejudice. As such is our duty as citizens of our great United States.

Dred Scott v. Sandford decision

Decision has been reached on the court case of Dred Scott v. Sandford. Scott, a Missouri slave who resided Illinois (a free state) claimed that he is a free man for residing in a free state. Sandford argued that no slave or full blooded negro could hold citizenship in the United States or any state. Scott unsuccessfully sued Missouri for his freedom and appealed to the Supreme Court. It has been decided that since Scott is not a United States citizen or a citizen of Missouri or Illinois, he could not be entitled to the same benefits and is,therefore, still a slave.

This is, however, not a defeat for slaves and abolitionists across the nation. The Supreme Court used this trial as an example to hold that The Missouri Compromise is unconstitutional. This motion was made in the hopes of moving forward to abolishing slavery in the United States once and for all.