Writes Michael Zak, the proprietor of Grand Old Partisan blog:
On this day in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which declared "separate but equal" to be constitutional. Dissenting from this infamous decision was Justice John Marshall Harlan, who wrote:
"Our Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens."
Would that Harlan had carried that day.