Supremes Rule

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling against using race as a factor when issuing school student assignments was pretty significant in a number of aspects, despite the downplaying of the decision by the paid-by-the-hour GCS Board attorney Jill Wilson.

Wilson told the News & Record last week that GCS is part of the U.S. 4th Circuit, which already ruled sometime ago that race cannot be used as a factor is school assignments.

In my opinion, the “Sups” got it right. It’s long past time that in this new super-testing-No Child Left Behind era, every school needs to have the necessary tools to educate ALL of our children.

I read an interesting column over the weekend by noted conservative columnist Armstrong Williams. He makes the following points:

In this day and age, I think it’s ridiculous that we need to factor race to diversify our schools. It’s been over fifty years since the historic jury in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruled in favor of integration and helped spearhead the civil rights movement. If we still need to bus certain kids to certain schools based on the color of their skin, then Martin Luther King’s dream surely did not come true.

The fact is that we don’t need to take these steps anymore. Racism is not completely extinct – and perhaps it never will be – but it’s generally been wiped out for all intents and purposes. Look at the highest offices in our land and you’ll see many minorities holding important jobs. Check out the entertainment business and the sporting world and you’ll come across countless minorities earning great livings. Pick up a local paper or magazine and you’ll see interracial couples, integrated events, and diverse workplaces, schools, churches, and restaurants. The younger generation barely even notices race anymore. Walk into most schools across America and you’ll witness young kids of all races playing in the yard as if their grandfathers were too best friends. Just like the gay marriage issue, as the younger generations grow up, these old conflicts will die away. We don’t need to kill them by using forced integration methods and overarching laws in our education system.

The Supreme Court’s decision was the right one. Where people live, eat, worship, and send their kids to school, is their own decision. The government should stay out of our personal lives as much as possible. And in this case, not only was the government interfering with our lives, they were relighting a fire that was put out long ago.

Amen.

E.C. 🙂

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