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The Congressional Black Caucus Denounces Supreme Court Ruling on Race Plans

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Sunday, July 22, 2007

   

 

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), released the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling to vacate school desegregation plans in Seattle and Louisville.

 

 

 

 

“Today, the Supreme Court rejected reason, rationality and respect for all Americans in its decision limiting access to education for all Americans. In rejecting school diversity plans that made race a factor – but not the sole or most important factor – in Louisville and Seattle, the Court tears at the very fabric of unity in our nation. We can, and we must, do better for our children and grandchildren.

 

 

 

As a former teacher, a mother, and a grandmother, I understand the value of education. Access to education is one of our most sacred privileges. Education is the linchpin of achievement, success and stability in our country. If you were not born of privilege, education and hard work can earn you privilege. This heinous ruling not only topples more than half a century of progress achieved under the Brown v. the Topeka, Kansas Board of Education decision, it encourages separation and segregation in private industry and government as well as in education.

 

 

 

We applaud the remarks of Supreme Court Justice Breyer. Justice Breyer, in his dissenting opinion, said that this is a decision that the Court and the Nation will come to regret. The Congressional Black Caucus will continue to fight for quality education for all children; will confront the crises posed to us by the Supreme Court ruling, and will continue the legacy established by NAACP attorney and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to ensure that all American children attend and receive a quality education.

 

 

 

The Congressional Black Caucus, 42 Members, representing more than 40 million Americans from 26 states, will continue the legacy and ensure fairness, justice and equality for all.”

 

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