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Still Debating Desegregation

La Shawn Barber explains why desegregation should not be used solely to correct racial imbalance.

During legalized racial segregation, students were assigned to schools based on race. Whites and blacks were educated in separate facilities. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that this practice was no longer tolerable in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education.


Fifty-two years later, some students still are being assigned to schools based on race. Monday, the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments for lawsuits filed by white parents in Seattle and Jefferson County, Ky., challenging their school districts' use of race in assigning students in an effort to achieve "racial balance."

In the United States, people are free to move wherever they wish for any reason (for now), and many parents choose to move to better neighborhoods so their children can attend better schools. Consequently, some schools enroll disproportionate numbers of students from certain racial groups and socioeconomic classes, which is neither immoral nor illegal.

But bureaucrats believe otherwise. For the sake of so-called diversity, school districts have violated the rights of parents, discriminated against students based on race, and made a mockery of Brown, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the U.S. Constitution.

The issue in Brown was whether the segregation of children in government schools solely on the basis of race deprived black children of equal educational opportunities.

Implicit in the court's reasoning was that government-mandated racial segregation was anathema to the notion of equal protection, not segregation per se. The court ordered government schools to desegregate, which was not the same as forcing individuals to integrate.

If the intent of Brown wasn't clear, then the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should remove all doubt:

"Desegregation" means the assignment of students to public schools and within such schools without regard to their race, color, religion, or national origin, but "desegregation" shall not mean the assignment of students to public schools in order to overcome racial imbalance.


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Comments (8)

This is such a joke and a c... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

This is such a joke and a clear violation of the Constitution all because some idiots feel white kids need to learn next to black kids. how it got this far is amazing.

I work in San Francisco. Th... (Below threshold)
Scott:

I work in San Francisco. The school district here has essentially run white parents out of town with "diversity". The city is almost 50% white, but there are only 9% white kids in public schools here. The rest have left for the suburbs.

This school district is 35% Chinese. The Chinese parents sued the schools because their kids were being bussed all over the city for "diversity". The Chinese parents want neighborhood schools.

California passed Prop 209 ten years ago, that outlawed affirmative action and race-based "diversity". True to form, San Francisco's school board insists that we cannot have "diversity" without taking race into account.

I really hope the court puts an end to this nonsense.

A big part of the problem is the seniority system in the teachers' unions. The most experienced teachers get the easy schools. The new teachers get the inner city bad schools.

Even more strange, when all those little Chinese kids were being bussed to the "bad" schools, they did just fine. Good grades, attendance, no problem behavior, etc.

What's wrong with this picture?

Oh wait, next will be peopl... (Below threshold)
herzhonour:

Oh wait, next will be people who have school
aged children have to live in mandated
neighbourhoods to ensure racial diversity
in all schools.
Parents will lose the right of living where
they can afford or like because that school
district may become imbalanced racially.
You think I'm kidding. I'm not.
The silliness continues to grow expotentially
here as it does in the U.K.. You have read
about the Nursery Rhyme Police haven't you?

Time to end forced busing a... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Time to end forced busing and end this forced desegragation to appease JESSIE JACKASSON and his ilk

"In the United States, peop... (Below threshold)
Rance:

"In the United States, people are free to move wherever they wish for any reason..."

You forgot to add "as long as they can afford the mortgage payment and property taxes".

Yes, as opposed to that oth... (Below threshold)
Lurking Observerlu:

Yes, as opposed to that other, wonderful world where everyone drives a Rolls-Royce (or Ferrari) regardless of income, eats at four-star restaurants regardless of ability to pay, and the entire society is organized along the lines "from each according to their ability, to each according to their wants, wishes, and desire."

RAcialn discrimination is r... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

RAcialn discrimination is racial discrimination, and MLK woudl be rolling over in his grave, and furthermore, woudl want to take Jessie JAckson and AL SHarpton out behind the woodshed for a good hide - tanning. ..

All this crap just makes Ho... (Below threshold)
Bob Jones:

All this crap just makes Home Schooling that much more attractive.




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