Saturday, October 29, 2005

'Judicial Activism' to Be Thankful For

This celebration of Parks's life is also a chance to set the record straight. The culprits in Parks's case weren't limited to the white bus driver who told her to give up her seat to a white man or the white police officer who arrested her. The folks who really degraded Parks and other black bus riders were the Alabamans who put and kept Jim Crow laws on the books. Had it been left up to them, the arrests of Rosa Parks and other African Americans would have continued. And of course we can't leave out Alabama's white majority, which either liked or was indifferent to segregation.

But "activist" high court justices, bless their souls, examining the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, found violations of the rights of black passengers that Alabama was either too blind or too unrepentant to see.

It wasn't the first time.

The year before Rosa Parks took her stand by keeping her seat, the Supreme Court reviewed the legal precedent established decades earlier in Plessy v. Ferguson, which blessed the "separate but equal" doctrine. Settled law though Plessy may have been, the "liberal" Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that school segregation "solely on the basis of race" violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

From Colbert I King's Op-Ed:
'Judicial Activism' to Be Thankful For

That was a good thing.

But look how far we've fallen now:

The Bush administration is looking to put the final nail in public education and throw Americans in the Gulf Coast Fema area into "charity schools" the logical result of faith based charities and the Bush administration's push toward school vouchers in the region.

Church based charities have also just been given the right to discriminate.

So looks like we're heading back to the past to Jim Crow in schooling by shoving students into private and possibly "charity" schools.

Educational Standards and School Vouchers

Want a second opinion? See: School Vouchers

(Most of the faith based charity I have read about involves "charity schools"--well, what would you call it if the church is coming to you and offering free or reduced "private schooling?)

I've seen many reports of private schooling from vouchers falling behind public schools in both educational standards and bias. So like I said -- we'll be back to Jim Crow soon enough unless those who care stand against those elected officials that are complicit in it's reinstatement.

Many states are voting this month on people or measures that will make a difference.


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