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Jun 30th 2007

supreme court school race decision

please note i have searched high and low, and am yet to see it reported that several of the plaintiffs in this case (at least the parents from louisville) were black. they brought the case because they wanted to send their children to a particular historically black louisville school, but were prevented from doing so because louisville schools now have to be stocked with a certain percentage of kids of each race.

i will be happy when our society is completely colorblind.* many professional journalists seem to disagree with me. yet, for all the huffing and puffing in the news about the meaning of this decision, i am yet to hear anyone report that significant fact.

*i will also be happy when the news media can report the news fairly.

UPDATE: the race of the appellants is not the only irony in the decision. see also powerlineblog:

Justice Breyer and his fans in the MSM whine that last week’s Supreme Court decision striking down two race-based school assignment schemes undercuts Brown v. Board of Education and will lead to the “re-segregration” of public schools. As I’ve tried to show in my series of posts on the decision, this alarmism rests on a misunderstanding of both the Brown decision and the Court’s decision of last week.

Moreover, as Ed Whelan notes, the alarmism fails to account for the potential of “school choice” programs including charter schools and the use of vouchers to provide educational opportunities for the economically disadvantaged, including minority group members. Ironically, it was Justice Breyer and his fellow dissenters in last weeks case (Stevens, Ginsburg, and Souter) who, though posing as champions of equal educational opportunity, voted to strike down school-choice programs as a violation of the Establishment Clause.

One Response to “supreme court school race decision”

  1. doug

    Wow, Travis. I hadn’t heard that AT ALL. Thanks!