Brief Fact Summary. Jackson, Mississippi operated public swimming pools, but kept them segregated until it eventually closed or sold them all.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. An official governmental action that denies access to public facilities to all citizens does not violate the Equal Protections Clause of the United States Constitution (Constitution).
Issue. Is this closing of swimming pools state action that denies Equal Protection to the black citizens in the community?
Held. No. A city may choose to close pools for any reason. The Supreme Court of the United States (Constitution) has never held an act unconstitutional solely because of the motivations of the men who voted for it.
One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.View Full Point of Law