Tuesday, April 8, 2008

If it is not clear to you let me draw you a map...

Justice Henry Brown wrote that the law "separate but equal" did not "stamp the colored race with a badge of inferiority" and that any such suggestion is "solely because the colored race chooses to place that construct on it." If you segregate the west and east banks are we on the Westbank constructing a perception that the Westbank is being treated as inferior or is our perception real? I think Judge Engelhardt was as clear in his “Order of Clarification of Judgment” as Justice Brown was wrong in his assertion that the colored race was responsible for its own inequities and oppression.

In the guise of doing what is right the JPSB is not only perpetuating the same misguidance as Justice Brown but is unwittingly catering to the same deep seeded notion that black students and white students should remain separate. Why do I say this, well the Westbank percent ratio is 70:30 and the Eastbank is 44:55, Black to White students, respectively (according to the school boards suspicious numbers).

There is no suggestion here by the board that black children and white children should remain separate, but closing the Eastbank to the Westbank are slightly different spots that can be found on the same animal.

Dubois and Carver expressed opposing opinions about the disposition of the races. The first believe that complete and total integration of black and white races insured the equal and fair treatment of all individuals within society. The latter believe that separating the races ensured the preservation of culture and dignity within the powerless while allowing work to continue to bridge the gaps between the races, independently. The answer is between these extremes. Mandates and laws should not determine were our students go to school. To create a just society much like a marriage…there must be mutual and willing agreement and action. If only one group exercises all its the power and advantage without compromise, were is the justice … where is the society?

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