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Added 05-20-19 03:13:02am EST - “Manhattan: Reading Chancellor Richard Carranza's view ("NYC Schools' Integration Imperative," Op-Ed, May 17) of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling (1954), I am taken aback by its ignorance of the decision's meaning and context.That…” - Nydailynews.com
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Manhattan: Reading Chancellor Richard Carranza’s view (“NYC Schools’ Integration Imperative,” Op-Ed, May 17) of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling (1954), I am taken aback by its ignorance of the decision’s meaning and context.
That decision declared it was unlawful for public schools (back then purposefully segregated by race) to separate Negro children from the majority group — whites — on the sole basis of skin color. The court did not order the public schools to “integrate,” however. In fact, the Brown ruling offered no remedy to undo the racially segregated schools.
Instead, the court waited, hoping for good-faith compliance with its ruling that it was wrong for government to do in schools what society at large practiced widely — keep blacks and whites separate. The high court paused to see as well if the president would enforce its edict, worried that the habits and practices of its prior doctrine of “separate but equal” were so entrenched by 1954 that it was not feasible to order prompt compliance. Not until later did the court order school desegregation “with all deliberate speed.”
Today, our public schools are mostly non-white. Hence, the remedy for our intensely segregated schools is not “integration” as meant in the Brown decision nor as Carranza imagines — conniving, through separate and unequal standards, racially identifiable routes for the admission of blacks and Hispanics into already integrated (mostly Asian) schools, all in the name of implementing the Brown “integration mandate.” Worse, he says and does nothing to deplore and resist segregative pressures and demands from ethnocentric communities that have created “special” schools for black and Hispanic children. Michael Meyers, president, New York Civil Rights Coalition
Manhattan: Anyone who is really surprised that Bill de Blasio announced he will be running for president is delusional. That man has been running for president since he won reelection. He has spent an inordinate amount of time outside New York City, and traveling to the so-called “presidential” places like Iowa and New Hampshire, presumably spreading his “progressive” message. He’s been playing coy for quite some time now. Surprised? Oh, please. I would’ve been astonished if he had announced he would not run. Helen Kanelous
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