the death of brown v. board, pt. I

woman screamingAs was to be expected from Bush’s appointments of two right-wing Justices (Roberts and Alito), one of the most important decisions (Brown v. Board of 1954) handed down by the Supreme Court of the US has, in effect, been overturn.  In a 5-4 decision, the SCOTUS ruled that race may not be considered when assigning students to schools.  Schools around the nation have been slowly resegregating since concrete integration steps (like busing) started, and it’s no use even denying the inevitable conclusion.  Schools around the nation should be officially resegregated.

The goals of the plaintiffs and almost every Black American were clear pre-Brown:  access to better equipment and resources to educate Black childrenThough the goal was realistic and right, the means by which to achieve parity in resources, I think, was where the first mistake was made.  White American parents never wanted their children attending school with children of color, and when school desegregation was ordered enforced by the federal government, white America let the world know what they thought about it.rednecks protesting

Well-meaning Black parents allowed their little children to be abused by a savage white population who wanted to maintain the racial status quo.  “Little Rock Nine” member Elizabeth Eckford, on September 3, 1957, found herself surrounding by an angry mob of whites, remembering that she “tried to see a friendly face somewhere in the mob – someone who maybe would help. I looked into the face of an old woman and it seemed a kind face, but when I looked at her again, she spat on me.”  What a fantastic example these white parents were setting for their school-age children by spitting on little Black girls (and these are the same children who’ll claim they’re not racist today)!  There is no way Elizabeth Eckford (pictured at the top of this article being yelled at by some crazy white woman) should’ve had to put up with this, and she wouldn’t have had to if Black leaders at the time had been willing to acknowledge that America is a society that’s permeated with white supremacy, and the drive to resegregate would never end.

Naturally, the Courts only Black member (“Uncle” Clarence Thomas) voted against the interests of most Black people and with the other white supremacists (I use “other” because you don’t have to be white to be a white supremacist, and Thomas is most definitely one), helping hammer in the final nail to the hated Court decision which referred to Blackness (thus, especially abhorred by Thomas).

So, what is to be done?  The Supreme Court has acted in the fashion they were expected, yet the question of how to better the educational experiences of this nation’s Black children remains unresolved.  Integration was obviously not the answer, and Black America should spend very little time (if any) bemoaning the fact that the previous generation’s work is being systematically dismantled (especially if it’s not working).  We should look at this ruling as a fresh start to try something radical but effective.

I’ll delve into some possible solutions in part II of this story…


~ by free71 on June 29, 2007.

2 Responses to “the death of brown v. board, pt. I”

  1. Sorry you didn’t like the outcome but when the government makes decisions based on race, it is racism. Slowly MLK’s belief in a colorblind society is taking hold. Today was a good day.

  2. My position is that the decision was expected, and that integration should be done away with. Sometimes we need to be pushed out of the door in order to see the sun. This may very well be one of those cases. I’ll expand on this in the second part.

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