Sunday, July 1, 2007

Forgetting the Segregated South

In this piece entitled "The High Court in Race Case Forgets History," Ann Woolner reflects on her own education as a white 1968 high school graduate in the segregated South, and suggests that Chief Justice Robert's invocation of Brown v. Board of Education to strike down efforts to integrate schools misses "the reality of what race meant and still means in this country." Indeed, Woolner concludes that "53 years after Brown, if any are still breathing, [the Southern segregationists] are getting a hearty last laugh at the new interpretation of that old decision they so hated."

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