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ERIC Number: EJ780766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-23
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Is Right the New Left? An Analysis of Justice Clarence Thomas's Concurring Opinion in the Seattle and Louisville Cases
Hamilton, Kendra
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n14 p27 Aug 2007
Just over a month after the Supreme Court of the United States' ruling in the Seattle and Louisville cases, news analysts and school district officials from Boston to Berkeley, California, from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Evanston, Illinois, are still trying to assess its impact on their student reassignment programs. But the community of scholars seems to be riveted by an aspect of the case that has yet to draw much attention: the ironic role played by two touchstone cases, "Plessy v. Ferguson" of 1896 and "Brown v. Board of Education" of 1954. "Who betrayed the legacy of "Brown v. Board of Education"?" is how legal blogger Michael C. Dorf--an author and the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia University--frames the question. For the community of civil rights lawyers and scholars, the answer to that question is clear. "This decision, in some ways, is like Bakke all over again, but even worse, even more restrictive," says Anita S. Earls, director of advocacy for the University of North Carolina's Center for Civil Rights. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, on the other hand, in his concurring opinion for the June 28 ruling in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 et al., seems to suggest exactly the opposite. This article analyzes Thomas's concurring opinion in the Seattle and Louisville Cases.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Washington