Wednesday, May 19, 2004

We hear a lot this week about the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and it is a good time to celebrate Brown. It’s a good time to remember that segregation was outlawed in 1954. It’s worth remembering Brown II as well.

Brown II was the 1955 follow up decision in which the Supreme Court used the now familiar words, “with all deliberate speed” to address a lack of implementation of the Brown decision. Brown II was used as the code the South required to drag its feet on integration.

When we look at the residential segregation (North and South) in America today and the public schools in our cities that have resegregated, we need to be clear that Brown v. Board is the legal standard, but not yet the reality.

Fifty years later, America still has a long way to travel.

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