Essay on Super Chief

Submitted By naina1983
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Super-chief was a very thought provoking video, which again reinforced the fact that a single person who stands by his conviction can bring remarkable changes. It requires a lot of perseverance and self-belief and these were the two qualities that “Super-chief”, Earl Warren possessed. Despite his lack of judicial experience, his years in the Alameda County district attorney's office and as state attorney general gave him far more knowledge of the law in practice than most other members of the Court had. Warren's greatest asset, what made him in the eyes of many of his admirers "Super Chief," was his political skill in manipulating the other justices. Over the years his ability to lead the Court, to gain majorities in support of major decisions, and to inspire liberal forces around the nation, outweighed his intellectual weaknesses.
Jim Crow Law made it illegal for people of different races to interact with each other in public places. It was enacted in 1880’s and lasted for almost a century. Homer Plessy was arrested because he took an all white train ticket and he was 7/8th white, hence he took the case to court and said that the law violated the 13th and 14th amendment in the U.S. constitution (No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws). Louisiana court ruled against Plessy that the Separate Car Act was constitutional. Plessy again lost his case in the Supreme Court in 1896 for the same reason.
Segregation laws existed for a very long time until Brown vs Board of Education case in 1954 happened. Brown vs Board of Education was a landmark United States Supreme Court-case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional. Earl Warren stood by his conviction and was able to get a unanimous decision. Even though Separate but Equal was now considered unconstitutional, most of the southern states resented the change. To the extent that Arkansas Governor said that Supreme Court decision was not the law of land. It was for sure an irony that a person at a Governor level could say something, which was totally untrue. To prove his point he even ordered the National Guards to keep the black students from entering…