четверг, 15 марта 2012 г.

Good sense triumphs in desegregation case

It wasn't easy, but sensible jurisprudence finally triumphed in aschool desegregation case. On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Courtrediscovered a cardinal principle that it had mislaid for 38 years:"Racial balance is not to be achieved for its own sake."

That profoundly obvious conclusion came in a major case fromDeKalb County in suburban Atlanta. Prior to 1969, the county schoolswere firmly segregated by race. Black children sued. A federaldistrict judge ordered the school system to get on withdesegregation.

Years passed. Massive demographic changes occurred. Between1975 and 1980, an estimated 64,000 blacks moved into the southernpart of the county. Thousands of …

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