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ERIC Number: ED021915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Pages: 3
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How Powerful a Weapon Did Wright Provide?
Leeson, Jim
Southern Education Report, v3 n2 Sep 1967
This article appraises the decision of Judge J. Skelly Wright in the "Hobsen v. Hansen" litigation invalidating de facto segregation in the schools in Washington, D.C. The "finding of fact" section of the decision attacked as discriminatory the schools' track system, the racial distribution of faculty, and the utilization of school buildings. It indicated that the system's neighborhood school policy segregates Negroes from whites, who are permitted to escape from assignment to Negro schools by transferring to optional school zones. In addition to ruling on racial discrimination, Judge Wright applied his decision to socioeconomic and class discrimination, suggesting the importance of social class integration as well as racial balance in the schools. It is felt, however, that while Judge Wright's decision invalidated discriminatory de facto school conditions, it did not actually outlaw de facto segregation on constitutional grounds. Also, since the -Hobsen v. Hansen" case was heard at the district court level, the ruling is applicable only to the Washington school system. (LB)
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Identifiers: District of Columbia; Hobson v Hansen; Wright (J Skelly)