By Stephen Breyer,Thiru Vignarajah
“A selection the courtroom and the country will come to regret.”
Ten years in the past, the USA ideal court docket struck down neighborhood university board tasks intended to opposite severe racial segregation in public faculties. The sharply divided 5-4 choice in Parents keen on group colleges v. Seattle university District marked the top of an period of efforts via neighborhood professionals to satisfy the promise of racially built-in schooling anticipated through the superb courtroom in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education. In a searing landmark dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer warned this was once “a determination the courtroom and the kingdom will come to regret.” A decade later, the unabated resegregation of America’s colleges keeps to verify Justice Breyer’s fears, as many faculties and college districts around the kingdom are extra racially segregated at the present time than they have been within the overdue 1960s.
Edited and brought through Justice Breyer’s former legislation clerk—and followed through a sobering replace at the country of segregated faculties in the United States today—this quantity includes the whole textual content of Justice Breyer’s such a lot impassioned opinion, a dissent that Justice John Paul Stevens known as on the time “eloquent and unanswerable.” The cautionary phrases of Justice Breyer should still echo in study rooms around the state and within the hearts and minds of oldsters and schoolchildren everywhere.
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