Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co.,  No. 645 Supreme Court of The United States 392 U.S. 409; 88 S. Ct. 2186; 1968 U.S. LEXIS 2980; 20 L. Ed. 2d 1189; 1 Empl. Prac. Dec. (CCH) P9832; 47 Ohio Op. 2d 43

June 17, 1968, Decided

CORE TERMS: slavery, color, Thirteenth Amendment, negroes, sell, freedmen, custom, lease, housing, Civil Rights Act, enjoyed, servitude, inherit, slave, buy, badge, convey, regulation, involuntary, ordinance, discriminatory, rental, enact, Fourteenth Amendment, racially, covenant, territory, restrictive, enumerated, declaration

FACTS: The plaintiff, suing for injunctive and other relief in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, alleged that the defendants had refused to sell him a home solely because he was a Negro, and that such refusal violated the provision of an 1866 federal statute (42 USC 1982) that all citizens shall have the same right as is enjoyed by white citizens to purchase real property.

On certiorari, the United States Supreme Court reversed. In an opinion by Stewart, J., expressing the views of six members of the court, it was held that 1982 was intended to bar all racial discrimination, private as well as public, in the sale or rental of property, and that the statute, thus construed, was a valid exercise of the power of Congress to enforce the Thirteenth Amendment.

JUDGES: Warren, Black, Douglas, Harlan, Brennan, Stewart, White, Fortas, Marshall

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