30 November 2006

NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Ted Shaw correct on voluntary race-based remedies in education.

Is the maintenance of racially-balanced school districts a compelling governmental interest, and may race be used as one of several factors in a determining where elementary students attend school? As a former NAACP legal redress chair I am following this case with rapt attention and offer my opinion:

In a word, yes. Counselor Shaw is absolutely correct. Listen to today's Diane Rhem show for further details about the two voluntary programs accepted for review in the Sixth Circuit (Louisville) and the Ninth Circuit (Seattle). Read the NAACP LDF page for briefs and background, including lower court decisions affirming the voluntary plans.

The notion that de facto segregation (it just happens without government force) today is somehow unrelated to de jure discrimination (done by direct order of government) that was still going on in my relatively young lifetime is fool's folly.

Counterpoint program guest Roger Clegg missed the point when he claims that the programs only claim to address de facto segregation as opposed to de jure segregation because of America's twised history on race, in general, as noted in my comments about Michael Richards and Mel Gibson in my signature post. I don't know, but perhaps if Mr. Richards had grown up with more blacks he wouldn't be hurling the nigger invective as he did last week -- he would instead be working with blacks, as my Jewish friends have done for the past 30 years as noted below.

For more evidence of continuing racial antipathy, check out these little 13-year-old Prussion haters Lamb and Lynx Gaede, known as "Prussian Blue", who write songs supporting Der Fuhrer. Shaw was right about them, too.

Related post: 40 Up -- where are they now?
Related post: Professor Ted Mearns was an implementation attorney for Brown v. Board. I clerked for him and he taught me my favorite case, ever: Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886).


Rainbow Party Lyrics said...

it most definitely warrants attention: i can say that personally as someone who went to a 98% caucasian/asian high school, and then moved on to a college in philadelphia. the amount of american culture/issues that i grew up completely unaware of still stuns me today.

Christopher King said...

Precisely. It should be a World of inclusion rather than exclusion.

And the notion that de facto segregation today is somehow unrelated to de jure discrimination that was still going on in my (relatively young) lifetime is fool's folly.