That it does not conflict with the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, is too clear for argument.

from Justice Henry Billings Brown – Plessy v Ferguson on Rap Genius

Meaning

According to Plessy, a statute enacting that “all railway companies carrying passengers in their coaches in this State shall provide equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races” and creating the crime of “passenger insisting on going into a coach or compartment to which by race he does not belong” does not violate the Thirteenth Amendment.

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