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School Segregation

Education is the key to economic opportunity. In 1954, the United States Supreme Court held in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation of our public schools was unconstitutional. But, not everyone agreed. Most particularly, a large number of the members of the Democrat Party. In opposition to Brown. In 1956, the “Declaration of Constitutional Principles” or “The Southern Manifesto” was drafted during the 84th United States Congress and was signed by 101 Congressmen (99 Democrats, 2 Republicans). The manifesto opposed racial integration of public spaces and was part of the massive Democrat “resistance” to the federal rules promulgated following Brown. The rationale of the manifesto was that the Supreme Court had abused its judicial power and declared open war on the decision by all lawful means and proposed limiting the scope of the court’s jurisdiction. Nearly two decades later, the Supreme Court held in Milliken v Bradley, that school districts were not obligated to desegregate unless it had been proven that the lines were drawn with racist intent serving only to dilute the original holding.

While the cultural antagonism to the decision in Brown may be "subtle" … it is clear that nearly seven (7) decades later, there is strong opposition to it. Our schools and communities remain largely segregated. Remarkably, the worst community offenders are found in Democrat controlled cities. It is doubly hard to understand given progressive control of our public school systems. We have to ask ourselves why this ongoing violation of Brown continues largely unabated and more particularly why it continues in Democrat and sometimes even minority controlled cities.

I would argue that it is the insidiousness of Democrat paternalism as a justification for racist practices and legislation that result in segregation. But, in the final analysis, we all bear some responsibility for finding and implementing a solution.


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