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Wall Of Shame

The Supreme Court Wall OF Shame

The "Wall of Shame" is a collection of supreme court decisions
reflecting the prejudice of society, generally, toward a group
at a particular point in time

By: Joe Ryan


Buck v. Bell
274 U.S. 200 (1927)

From 1909 to 1979, California sterilized more than 20,000 helpless victims of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ reasoning.

The Pledge of Allegiance

Minersville School District. V. Gobitis
310 U.S. 586 (1940)
West Virginia State Bd. Of Ed v. Barnette
319 U.S. 624 (1943)

In 1891, Daniel Sharp Ford, the owner of the magazine, Youth's Companion, hired a man named Francis Bellamy to work in the magazine's premium department at a time when it had a subscription campaign going on, to sell American flags to schools.

Giles v. Harris
(1903) 189 U.S. 475

A colored man brought a petition seeking an equitable remedy against the board of registrars of Montgomery, Alabama, for its allegedly arbitrary refusal to enroll him as a voter. The petition alleged that, under section 187 of the Alabama constitution

Williams v. Mississippi
(1898) 170 U.S. 213

To make the possible dereliction of the elector the dereliction of the constitution and laws, Williams points to a decision of the Mississippi Supreme Court which reads: "The constitutional convention swept the field of expedients, to obstruct the exercise of suffrage by the negro race...."

The so-called "Civil Rights" Cases
(1883) 109 U.S. 3

All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the accommodations, facilities, and privileges of inns, public conveyances, theaters, and other places of public amusement

Ex Parte Vallandigham
28 F.Cas. 874 (U.S. District Court Ohio) May 16, 1863

The President confounding the war power with the police power and the acquiescence of the Congress and the Supreme Court in his conduct, is the product of Abraham Lincoln's reliance on military necessity—the established means by which tyranny can be justified in the American republic known as the United States of America

Tee-Hit-Ton Indians v. United States

Supreme Court Justice Reed's Opinion for the Court
It is the Indians' contention that their tribe has continually occupied and used the land from time immemorial and therefore the sale of timber off such lands constitutes a taking by the United States

Gaines v Missouri The Separate But Equal Doctrine at Work

Supreme Court Justice Frank..
"It is clear that the Constitution provides for separate public school education for colored children and that this is not forbidden by the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution, and does not deprive the children of any rights. It follows, therefore, that the policy of the State is to segregate the white and negro races for the purposes of education in the common and high schools of the State. Gaines contends, however, that this policy does not require the separation of the races for the purpose of higher education."

Plessy v. Ferguson The Supreme Court Gives Segregation Its Blessing

Mr. Justice Harlan, a Kentuckian..
"In my opinion, the judgment this day rendered will, in time, prove to be quite as pernicious as the decision made by this court in the Dred Scott case."

The Supreme Court Sanctions Enhanced Penalties
For Africans vs. Caucasians ~ Pace v Alabama

Joe Ryan..
"So it was that until the 1960s, the Supreme Court of the United States happily enforced the racist policies of the States which rigged their domestic institutions against the African-American citizen. What did these white men, generation after generation, perceive was an evil behind the African-American's skin?"

Arizona v United States  Dred Scott Post Script

Supreme Court Justice Antoin Scalia..
"The Federal Government is a Union of Independent States, who have their own sovereign powers."