On May 17, 1954, Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered the unanimous opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court in the matter of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, overturning its landmark ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson, which had upheld the constitutionality of segregationist state laws under the doctrine of “separate but equal.”
The court’s abandonment of Plessy reverberated throughout the country, but by itself could not dislodge Jim Crow. Only years of social upheaval could bring about legislation as transformative as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Civil Rights movement finally pressured the politicians to act—and the press served as its witnesses. With a presence in the South stretching back ninety years, The Associated Press was uniquely prepared to report it.
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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Shelling kills dozens on both sides of Ukraine’s conflict ahead of peace talks, Amsterdam announces plans for brothel run by prostitutes, report says lynchings were more widespread in America’s Jim Crow era of racial segregation, and U.S. Navy is using drone boats to protect its assets at sea.
Intense Shelling Kills Troops and Civilians Days Before Minsk Talks
Over the past few days, rocket attacks by separatists and Ukrainian military forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have killed dozens of people.
New Brothel Plans Will Leave Amsterdam’s Pimps in the Dark
City officials hope to protect and empower sex workers by giving them a chance to work at a business they actually run.
Report Estimates Nearly 4,000 Lynchings in the Jim Crow South
That figure is about 700 more than previously thought.
U.S. Navy Looks to Use Unmanned Boats to Defend Ships
Self-guided drone boats equipped with Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS) can coordinate synchronized attacks and won’t crash into each other or fire on friendly ships.
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