Every exercise of the police power must be reasonable, and extend only to such laws as are enacted in good faith for the promotion for the public good, and not for the annoyance or oppression of a particular class.

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

Meaning

According to Plessy, the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the creation of laws for the annoyance or oppression of a particular class, if the laws are not enacted reasonably in good faith for the promotion for the public good.

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