Segregation Incarnated in Brick and Mortar

Articles | April 27 2018

Column by Andre Perry 

“I say, segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever,” Alabama Governor George Wallace infamously proclaimed in 1963 during his inauguration address, making clear he would thwart any effort to integrate schools. It had been nine years since Brown v. Board of Education, the historic Supreme Court decision establishing that it was unconstitutional to segregate public school children. It’s 2018 now, yet we’re still dealing with court desegregation orders from the ’50s and ’60s; with charter school advocates who proudly accept that they’re more segregated than their traditional school peers; and with a judicial nominee who wouldn’t say if she agreed with 1954 Brown decision.

During a Senate hearing for a federal judgeship this month, Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic senator from Connecticut, pressed President Trump’s judicial nominee Wendy Vitter on whether she believed “Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided?” One might expect a would-be federal judge to say that ending segregation was a good thing, without opening the door to commenting on other controversial cases. Alas, it seems one should tone down one’s expectations. (Read more)