It is not often in the law that so few have so quickly changed so much

That came from Justice Breyer and was well said. 

I knew the Supreme Court was going to rule against school desegregation.  According to the Post, Chief Roberts ruled in his comments using race as a factor in inegrating school is not right.

He held that both plans, which categorize students on the basis of race and use that in making school assignments, violate the constitution’s promise of equal protection, even if the goal is integration of the schools.

JUSTICE THOMAS, concurring.

Today, the Court holds that state entities may not experiment with race-based means to achieve ends they deem socially desirable. I wholly concur in THE CHIEF JUSTICE’s opinion. I write separately to address several of the contentions in JUSTICE BREYER’s dissent (hereinafter the dissent). Contrary to the dissent’s arguments, resegregation is not occurring in Seattle or Louisville; theseschool boards have no present interest in remedying past segregation; and these race-based student-assignmentprograms do not serve any compelling state interest. Accordingly, the plans are unconstitutional. Disfavoring a color-blind interpretation of the Constitution, the dissent would give school boards a free hand to make decisions onthe basis of race—an approach reminiscent of that advocated by the segregationists in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U. S 483 (1954). This approach is just as wrong today as it was a half-century ago. The Constitution and our cases require us to be much more demanding beforepermitting local school boards to make decisions based on race.

Justice Thomas was way off base.  Brown vs. The Board of Education was fought not so that black children could sit next to white children; it was not to integrate black kids with white kids.  Brown was fought because this country, through racial discrimination forced black children to attend poorly funded schools that were not fit for animals.  This country wanted black children to be educated with no books and in inadequate facilities.

 I tip my hat to Jusitce Breyer who gave a very passionate dissent:

The court’s four liberals delivered a scathing dissent — twice as long as Roberts’s opinion. It said the plurality’s decision was, in the words of Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who read his opposition from the bench, a “cruel distortion” of the court’s landmark decision more than 50 years ago in Brown v. Board of Education, which demanded an end to segregated schools.

“This is a decision that the court and the nation will come to regret,” Breyer said.

Let’s see what the Democratic Candidates have to say tonight at the debates at Howard University in DC.  Will they finally get real; stop talking in broad terms and address the issues of the average American in this country of all races??  Health Care, Education and the Criminal Justice System?  Everyone is anticiapting that they will address the Supreme Court’s decision tonight.  It is sad that it took this decision to force them to address domestic issues …

Standing in the Schoolhouse Door

 Ruling is ‘a massive step backwards’

Local teacher reacts to Supreme Court decision

If the highest court of the land has decided that race should not be a factor in education, then perhaps we should have a universal educational system in this country.  If all public schools were funded the  same and given the same resources, perhaps there would be no need for racial quotas.


2 Responses

  1. I’m in agreeance with you about this situation…..but your emphasis on Justice Thomas’ racial identity invalidates your point, to me.

  2. Heyes:
    I know I am being biased on Thomas, but it just annoying to see a man who grew up during the 50’s in the deep south and have his views and ideals. I try not to go off on him too deep… but it is hard not to.

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