Supreme Court Rulings about Housing

Housing in the United States has been directly influenced by Supreme Court in the Federal Government and its decisions with in regard to the direction of discrimination about housing.

Court decisions about nature of segregation and what rights or choices people have in determining where to live. Does de facto segregation and de jure segregation limits the government’s remedy in terms of the law.

Racial discrimination that exists as a result of custom is called de facto segregation and racial discrimination that exists as a matter or public laws is called de jure segregation. Please find many of the following Highest Court's decisions that address many of the issues involving legal remedies that involves housing discrimination:

1857 Dred Scott v San ford This was a decision upholding White Supremacy
One could only be a citizen if they were descendent from Europe and borne in the United
States.

1896 Plessy v. Ferguson Court sets forth separate but equal rule permitting
segregation.

1917 Buchanan v. Warley Court strikes down racial
zoning law.

1948 Shelley v. Kraemer Court ruled against private restrictive covenants based upon race.

1948 Hurd v. Hodge Shelly rule applies equally to Federal Courts.

1954 Brown v. Bd of Educ. Court reverses Plessy decision.

1967 Reitman v. Mulkey Court ruled against the California State Constitutional amendments.

The above laws are legal precedents that allow the Federal Government to prevent discrimination in housing through out the United States. All legislation that is passed through out all of the 50 states courts must be in compliance with the Highest Court of the land's rulings. The three branches of Government is greatly dependent upon the Supreme Court to make rulings concerning laws that each and every state may pass that effect the whole country.

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