ERIC Number: EJ768459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Reference Count: 11
The Continuing Spirit of the Brown Decision of the Supreme Court
Willie, Charles V.
Negro Educational Review, The, v56 n1 p11-17 Jan 2005
Actually, the "Brown v. Board of Education" decision of the U.S. Supreme Court descended upon this nation as a way of checking the pervasive injustice rendered by public educational institutions on people of color, particularly African Americans. The injustices resulted from laws, regulations and other public policies promulgated or facilitated by actions of legislative and executive branches of government. Thus, "Brown" was a legitimate limitation on discriminatory activities facilitated by policies of government that violated the Constitution. In this article, the author shares his personal experience on the inequality of secondary schools in Dallas, Texas. He also shares a story about the atrocious desegregation-resistance by whites and their attempt to continue segregation after the "Brown" decision. He presents his study of the Charleston County public school system in South Carolina which revealed why white people and people of color have different feelings about segregation and diversity in public school. He concludes that the spirit of "Brown" is alive and has spread beyond the boundaries of the United States. "Brown," truly, was an equity case and should be remembered as such because excellence and equity ought to always be kept together. Everyone needs both because equity is a correction for the excesses of individualism and excellence is a correction for the excesses of collectivism in a society.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Court Litigation, African American Education, Personal Narratives, Racial Segregation, School Segregation, Critical Theory, Compliance (Legal), Politics of Education, Historical Interpretation, Secondary Education, Educational Opportunities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina; Texas; United States