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Saturday, June 30, 2007

R.I.P. Brown...

R.I.P. Brown vs. Board of Education.

It's ironic that a few months after the 50th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education supreme court decision the Bush court would be so bold as to find yet another way to screw the people.

Brown said that integration was needed...that race shouldn't be an issue in giving good schools to kids. Now Roberts, twists that argument to say that race must not be used to determine what school a child goes to...ever...at all...

Does anyone remember that integrated schools actually reduced the "achievement gap" between majority and minority students? Does anyone remember that not only is "separate but equal" illegal, but so is "separate but unequal" (which is what we have now - again)?

Kozol said it best with simply the title of his latest book...The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America.

Justice John Paul Stevens, in dissent, said Chief Justice Roberts’s discussion of Brown “rewrites the history of one of this court’s most important decisions.” Justice Stephen G. Breyer, also dissenting, said the opinion “undermines Brown’s promise of integrated primary and secondary education” and “threatens to substitute for present calm a disruptive round of race-related litigation.”

The bigots have won again.

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