May 28, 2009

Yet another reason why the News Journal is sinking

A politically correct edict for crime reports. Headlining the plight of illegal immigrants on Mother's Day. Just two examples of the myriad PC nonsense Delaware's biggest daily engages in regularly. Little wonder it had to resort to cutbacks and cost-saving measures. (Yes, I know this ain't the only reason, but really -- you can only go so far by alienating a large percentage of your readership.)

Another symptom of the NJ ridiculousness is regular contributor Rhonda Graham. Check out what she writes today:

Vice President Joe Biden has written the foreword to "Choosing Equality: Essays and Narratives of the Desegregation Experience," a new book edited by Widener professor Robert L. Hayman Jr. and University of Delaware professor Leland Ware.

The Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education is a landmark in the progress of U.S. civil rights. But in recent years forces opposing affirmative action and supporting resegregation have gained ground.

My emphasis. And for a good reason: Graham wants you to think that being against forced busing or strict numerical racial quotas means being FOR separation of the races. This is patently ridiculous and beyond specious. But is it any surprise that such racial bean counters have to resort to this ... tactic? It's tried and true! What better way to win an argument (avoid, actually) than by invoking the spectre of the "R" word (and I don't mean "resegregation")?

Let's get it straight: One can quite easily be opposed to forced busing and racial quotas and also be very much in favor of desegregation. The two are not mutually exclusive. Just ask those involved in the New Castle County desegregation case of the mid-late 1970s. One of the biggest sticking points of the case was the issue force. Should busing be forced or not? Plenty opposed the use of governmental force but were against discrimination -- and in support of desegregation.

And related to Graham's column here, Joe Biden wrote the foreword to the book in question? Mr. "You Can't Go Into A Dunkin' Donuts Without An Indian Accent?" And this bit of racial ... "sensitivity?"

The faux progressive hilarity rocks on ...

Posted by Hube at May 28, 2009 05:55 PM | TrackBack

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It's unfortunate, but I do feel there's a distinction as you claim. I wouldn't say people are "supporting" resegregation, as Graham does. However, resegregation IS what's happening, especially to Red Clay's elementary schools. Had a long chat with someone about this last week and it's absolutely tragic what's happening. When I was in elementary school in the 80s, I went to the inner-city school Shortlidge. Totally segregated. Even mix of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, etc. WONDERFUL PROGRAM. Now, with this emphasis on "neighborhood schools," the city schools have suffered dramatically because of the high concentrations of low SES students. It's an unfortunate byproduct, but it is essentially resegregation. However, there's a big difference between that and "supporting resegregation," as Graham opines.

Posted by: Mike Matthews at May 28, 2009 11:29 PM

Errr...I meant to say when I went to Shortlidge it was "totally integrated."

Posted by: Mike Matthews at May 28, 2009 11:30 PM

Exactly, Mike. And school districts indeed have to be careful in how they redraw feeders, etc., or they'll wind up in court. Then there's the other side, which Graham laments, like Louisville and Seattle, which used strict racial quotas for student assignments and were shot down the SCOTUS.

As Judge Caleb Wright stated (in the NCC deseg link above), "Discrimination is forbidden, but integration is not compelled." Of course, others have differed (like the infamous Judge Schwartz) but I feel most people feel as Wright says. It's as I noted -- the issue of force. Or "social engineering" if you prefer.

Posted by: Hube at May 29, 2009 07:12 AM

So by choosing to live in a certain neighborhood so my children can go to certain schools I support resegregation?

So Mike, your saying neighborhood schools are a bad thing?

Posted by: h. at May 29, 2009 10:17 AM

No, h., and I specifically distanced myself from such rhetoric if you read the comments above. What I'm saying is that, whether you agree or not, resegregation HAS been a byproduct since we stopped the forced busing a decade ago. It is what it is.

Posted by: Mike Matthews at May 29, 2009 01:09 PM

Let's make a distinction here.

There are two types of segregation -- de facto & de jure. Of those, only one is banned by any reasonable reading of the Constitution -- de jure -- as it is segregation due to law. Segregation that occurs naturally is permissible.

Let me offer an example. I teach in a school that is 90% Hispanic. The other high school in the district has more racial balance (50% Hispanic, 35% black, 10% white, 5% other). My school is not, however, illegally segregated. The dividing line for attendance zones is an interstate highway that has been there for going on half a century. South of I-10 goes to my school, north of I-10 goes to the other. My school draws primarily from two older communities that have, over the last 30 years, become majority Hispanic due to the development of newer housing stock both in and out of the district -- and the school north of I-10 has seen a change in racial composition from 35% white, 30% Hispanic, 35% black in just the last 15 years as urban sprawl has continued in the Houston area AND as the region's Hispanic population has increased.

By the way, how are we doing? My school just became the first high school in the state with over 50% of students receiving free or reduced lunch to achieve commended status under the state accountability rankings. Our results are essentially the same as the other high school (where I taught for a decade).

What I'm trying to say is that it is that segregation isn't a problem as long as it is naturally occurring and not government mandated. Furthermore, as long as there is a good-faith effort to ensure equal educational opportunity for every student, a preponderance of low SES students does not constitute guaranteed weakness of an academic program.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at May 31, 2009 10:10 AM