Supreme Court Rejects Discrimination

by Ryan on June 28, 2007

in Culture,Judicial Watch,Politics

One of the Roberts Court’s latest 5-4 decisions ends racial discrimination against children in local areas that force them to go to different schools based on the child’s race in order to promote “diversity.” While this doesn’t close the book on using race as a basis for school enrollment on the college level, as Justice Kennedy notes in the article, the Louisville, KY, and Seattle, WA, cases deal with local school districts that are afraid of “re-segregation,” but have no Constitutional basis for their actions since it violated the 14th Amendment’s “equal protection” clause. Louisville parents and

While an undersandable fear in certain parts of the country, as a teacher I can tell you that this has less to do with race, and more to do with inept school board officials and ineffective principals. At the time of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, the basic ideas promoting the need for school integration had to do with the geography of the children in relation to their schools and the obvious inequality of the “separate but equal” nonsense of Plessy (1896) in the child’s education.

If in 2007 there is a need to bus children to another part of town to promote “diveristy” if the schools have had a noticeable achievement gap, this has nothing to do with “diversity” and more to do with highly paid people who don’t want to do their jobs for fear of looking unpopular for making tough decisions at the highest level of the school district’s administration. I see it all the time here in Central New Jersey– inept administrators blaming their demographics for decades of poor performance, looking for more hand-outs from the federal government, and being reelected on understanding the plight of the children and poor poor town. Cutting throughth he nonsense, the child should go to the closest school, and those in charge of the district and school should do whatever they can in order to make that school excel, be it a black or white or mixed-race school. It’s a little ridiculous to be having this argument in 2007. Maybe that’s my post-Civil Rights movement Gen-X attitude talking.

Either way, I’m please with this ruling, but it also reinforces the notion that a President’s judicial picks are so important– in 2003 a similar case lost on a 5-4 vote in relations to college admissions.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mycroft June 29, 2007 at 12:40 am

> Maybe that’s my post-Civil Rights movement Gen-X attitude talking.

Yep, it is. :-) Also, I don’t think you’ve ever been a teacher, either–certainly not in a low-rent school district.

I’m unsure whether or not today’s ruling is good OR bad; only time will tell. One can view it as you write above, or as a slide back towards separate-but-equal. Hard to know at this point.

Having taught for a decade and now seeing it from the other side for the last twenty years, this issue, like all issues, is multifaceted and not a black-and-white decision (pun intended) that so, so many make it out to be.

However, the vast majority of our Fine Fellow Citizens don’t want to *think*, they want to be told *what* to think. Hooray for us.


Ryan June 29, 2007 at 9:06 am

Nice try, but I’ve been a teacher at one of the most ethnically diverse school systems in New Jersey for nearly seven years. Before that I taught a year and a half in a Rhode Island school district that had metal detectors at the doors, half a dozen fights everyday that required medical attention, at least four police roaming the halls at all times, and a 60% graduation rate. I was also a representative from my building to our union, so I do have some street cred, thanks. I just don’t look at people and see victims, I see potential.
Though, I understand that some people have the old Liberal attitude that segregation and racism is lurking behind every corner because I hear a lot of it amongst the bleeding hearts. Does it have to be racism screraming back at its first opportunity, or is it something else? In your comment, you failed to address the 14th Amendment argument that the majority used to justify its opinion. Is it racist to assume that one specific ethic group can’t do it, or to force inept administrators and School Boards to take responsibility for their own failed policies? Just being told “what” to think about the mistaken notion that blacks can’t do it and still need a helping hand from Big Brother government seems to me to be the default racist position in my opinion. This ruling is a good one because it mutes this institutional racist notion that one ethnic segment of society cannot do as well as another.


Mike June 29, 2007 at 11:54 am

I don’t think Mycroft is a teacher. I know that’s an uninformed statement but no more uninformed than her comment.

The issue in any Supreme Court decision is not whether the result is “good or bad” but whether the decision conforms to the Constitution. Under the 14th Amendment, no state may deny equal protection under the laws. A law which imposes greater hardship on some students because of skin color is unequal and unconstitutional. “Good or bad” is a policy concept. Constitutionality is a legal concept. What may or may not happen in the future is not for a court to decide. You missed the issue.

In terms of citizens thinking for themselves, I’ve always found that people who look down thier noses at “the unthinking masses” are the ones who are guilty of not thinking for themselves. At least that’s I deduced from your comment, what with you missing the issue and all.

But that really isn’t different from what we saw in last night’s debate. Liberals who mistakenly thought they were smarter than everyone else believe the masses cannot survive without their wisdom and genorosity. People are smarter than you think though. If you’d actually talk to them rather than looking down you nose at them you’d realize that and probably learn a great deal in the process. I think you liberals need to look in the mirror before slamming the intelligence of people smarter than yourselves.


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