Opponents of School Desgregation tell Court: I’m White, I’m Right, let me have my way!


The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in the most important civil rights case since Gratz v. Bollinger.  The case involves a challenge to voluntary desegregation plans in Louisville, KY and Seattle, WA. The advocates against voluntary desegregation ooze insincerity.  They live in a wingnut fantasyland in which whites are victimized by “reverse discrimination” and pernicious “race consciousness” in which whites are illegally disadvantaged in schools and in the workplace. It is a patently ridiculous argument and downright disingenuous.

Theodore Shaw, Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund has written, “The notion that race-conscious efforts to address racial inequality are racially discriminatory is like telling a physician that she cannot make a diagnosis when treating a disease because the diagnosis equals the disease.  There is no equivalency, moral or legal, between race-conscious attempts to address racial inequality on the one hand, and racial discrimination based in notions of superiority and inferiority on the other.”

The advocates against voluntary desegregation are the same people opposed to affirmative action.  They seek to get the Courts to genuflect to their superior racial position in American society, which is essentially: I’m White, I’m right, let me have my way! Invoking white privilege has gotten them all the way to the Supreme Court and the Justices always affirm this spurious reasoning or meet them halfway.

The truth of the matter is that in most urban locales, whites have abandoned the public school system for reasons, which have nothing to do with educational quality and everything to do with race.  They just don’t see educational quality in public school systems with “too many” black and brown faces.  Voluntary desegregation plans are an attempt to respond to white flight and create racially diverse, high-quality public schools that don’t ghettoize children of color in inferior schools populated by the children of disadvantaged working class people.

It should be noted that the cumulative efforts of the Reagan-Bush Administrations has been to stack the federal courts with right-wing ideologues sympathetic with the fantasy jurisprudence of white victimization. The timid efforts of the Democratic Party to halt the long march of the Right for federal judicial dominance have led us to the dangerous racial precipice we are dangling on today.   What is at stake is the continued life of equal opportunity in this country. The Right believes equal opportunity is synonymous with white privilege and seeks to render us blind to the institutionalized racism against people of color.

Theodore Shaw believes  “The work of racial justice  does not require us to gouge out our eyes so that we cannot see race. The race problem in America has never been mere race-consciousness; it has been White Supremacy. The question is not whether we see race; the question is, having seen it, what is its significance? Having seen it, are we an inclusive or exclusive society? This is not a time for blindness. This is a time for sight.” 

Amen, Brotha.

5 thoughts on “Opponents of School Desgregation tell Court: I’m White, I’m Right, let me have my way!

  1. I have long been saying that affirmative action is going to end soon in our society. The Slaughter House Cases of the late 1800s (when courts began to recognize minorities as a protected class of citizens) said that such special treatment was not intended to last forever and that one day we (minorities) would be on equal footing in society. 83 U.S. (16 Wall.) 36 (1873).

    Notwithstanding our culture’s belief that we are not on equal footing, the day of special recognition under the law are over. What to do now, well… it may be too late. But, I will address this topic on my blog.

  2. jaz bro'

    another attempt at de-construction. we’ve been here before and we as a people had better take this challenge very seriously. as malcolm would say, “…by any means necessary!”, or accept that we will have no redress from our ancestors’sweat, toil, and contribution to the economy that has grown to what exists today.

  3. Koz

    I don’t believe in ‘separate but equal’ but I also don’t believe in bussing kids halfway across the state against their wishes just to meet some quotas and introduce them to different cultures.

    What needs to happen is to implement a voucher system. Parents and kids could choose the school that they want to attend. The schools would be funded based on the number vouchers they receive. Underperforming schools would not receive as many vouchers because their attendance would drop; therefore, they would be forced to change or ‘go out of business’ if they are not performing.

  4. You don’t really need or want that lifestyle, it might hurt y’all slowly more…….Just tell him you
    don’t wanna repeat something your not too proud of z7uas.

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