Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co.
|Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co.|
|Argued April 1–2, 1968
Decided June 17, 1968
|Full case name||Joseph Lee Jones et ux. v. Alfred H. Mayer Co. et al.|
|Citations||392 U.S. 409 (more)
88 S. Ct. 2186; 20 L. Ed. 2d 1189; 1968 U.S. LEXIS 2980; 1 Empl. Prac. Dec. (CCH) P9832; 47 Ohio Op. 2d 43
|Prior history||Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
|The Court held that Congress could regulate the sale of private property in order to prevent racial discrimination.|
|Majority||Stewart, joined by Warren, Black, Douglas, Brennan, Fortas, Marshall|
|Dissent||Harlan, joined by White|
|42 U.S.C. § 1982|
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Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co., 392 U.S. 409 (1968), is a landmark United States Supreme Court case which held that Congress could regulate the sale of private property in order to prevent racial discrimination: "42 U.S.C. § 1982 bars all racial discrimination, private as well as public, in the sale or rental of property, and that the statute, thus construed, is a valid exercise of the power of Congress to enforce the Thirteenth Amendment."
Reversing many precedents, the Supreme Court held that the Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibited both private and state-backed discrimination and that the 13th Amendment authorized Congress to prohibit private acts of discrimination as among "the badges and incidents of slavery." Congress possessed the power to "determine what are the badges and incidents of slavery, and the authority to translate that determination into effective legislation."
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