Desegregation Chronicles: The Supreme Court’s Dance of Can-Kicking and Optional Justice

Oh, the Supreme Court, that bastion of unshakable authority, took a real beating in those desegregation cases. Brown vs. Board of Education? Just a casual game of kicking the can back down to the lower courts. And of course, Boiling v Sharpe unveiled the shocking revelation that the 14th Amendment was apparently just a suggestion – because, hey, the framers were totally chill with segregation at the time, right? Finally, Cooper v Aaron gave us a handy guide: Supreme Court rulings are optional, especially when there’s no pesky money backing this whole desegregation thing. Who knew justice could be so flexible?

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