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Putting Black Folks in a Timeout- the Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Using Race in Public Education

29 June 2007 at 8:36:43 AM

From Three Brothers and a Sister

The court's most conservative members, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, actually wanted to go further and ban all school district efforts at racial balancing. In Roberts' parrallel universe, these efforts violate the principle of a "color-blind'' Constitution.

The reality is, the constitution -- hell, the entire country -- is anything but colorblind.

According to a report by the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, Whites made up 58 percent of the nation's public school enrollment in 2003, but the average White student attended a school that was nearly 80 percent white.

African Americans accounted for 17 percent of all students, but the average Black student attended a school that was 53 percent Black. Latinos made up 19 percent of enrollment but attended schools that were typically 55 percent Latino.

Nevertheless, the Bush administration sided with the plaintiffs........

Honestly, this unfortunate ruling is the best thing that could happen to us.

Black people are being told -- straight out -- that America is done. The country is over trying to right the wrongs of slavery, Jim Crow, environmental racism, housing discrimination, and a litany of other "color-blind" activities that folks in both the public and private sector - and their ancestors - have benefitted from.

Side note on Roberts.  I heard Biden on the PBS debate last night pat himself on the back for how *tough* he was on Justice Roberts. Well, did he VOTE to confirm him? Yes. I remember how many people I knew were SCREAMING for the Democrats to put up a fight about both Roberts (who reminded me, at least, of the Manchurian Candidate and whose resume SHOWED that he was going to be a Bushbot all the way) and Alito.. Did they? No. So now don't come back, Biden and try to say that you were *tough* on Roberts. Maybe that's the same way you were *tough* on Alberto Gonzales, who you called the Real Deal. Pffffffffttttt. Lesson #1: If you think the courts are going to get dragged to the ultra-conservative right, then PUT UP A DANG FIGHT. Because otherwise, we have both the misbegotten ruling above as well as the one that lets Bush-The-Emperor decree that citizens will pay for faith-based organizations.

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