Thursday, June 28, 2007

Using Race To Assign Students To Particular Schools

The Supreme Court has issued yet another opinion with which I agree, this time ruling that school districts cannot use race when assigning students to schools.

I'm going to stop here and make a political comment about CNN's story, to add one more data point to the argument about a liberal press bias. When Roe v. Wade was decided, would CNN have mentioned the "liberal majority" that decided the case? I don't think so. Would they have mentioned a "liberal majority" in Brown v. Board of Education? Don't think so there, either. Then why is it they write: "A conservative majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts said...." Why not just, "A majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts said..."? FoxNews used an AP story that said, "The court split, 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts announcing the court's judgment. The court's four liberal justices dissented."

OK, back to the ruling.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A bitterly divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued what is likely to be a landmark opinion -- ruling that race cannot be a factor in the assignment of children to public schools.

The court struck down public school choice plans in Seattle, Washington, and Louisville, Kentucky, concluding they relied on an unconstitutional use of racial criteria, in a sharply worded pair of cases reflecting the deep legal and social divide over the issue of race and education...

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race," Roberts wrote.

Equal Justice Under Law, indeed.


Mike said...

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."

That this concise, non-legalistic and utterly rational statement of fact should be poison to liberals is perhaps the most stunning indictment of their worldview that I've seen in many years.

Robert said...

I agree with Mike. That quote from Roberts is priceless, and I wouldn't be surprised if people were quoting that a century from now.

Darren said...

That's why I put it there.

I saw the NAACP representatives, among others, criticizing this decision--showing that Dr. Paige was right (see my post on him) when he said that the so-called Civil Rights establishment is on the wrong side of this case.

MikeAT said...

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race," Roberts wrote.”

One of the usual suspects (I believe it was Senator Dingy Harry Reid of Nevada) said in outrage after the ruling “Brown v Board of Education has mandated diverse schools…” Now I doubt the ruling has the word diverse in it but leave it to liberals to “refine” what the English language means. Brown meant you couldn’t use race as a factor in determining where students went to school, if anything it should mandate neighborhood schools.

Now fast forward to the late 60s/early 70s. “Progressive” (excuse me while I puke) judges redefine that to mean they can order school systems to bus students for an hour to another neighborhood to go to school there. The results? Let’s see, people starting moving out of the inner city schools, the education bureaucracy has exploded (anyone explain to me what a “diversity coordinator” does except steal oxygen) and the taxpayers have had to pay a fortune do to the orders of unaccountable judges (who’s children, I have no doubt, did not suffer because of the cluster they caused)

What a great country!