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The US Supreme Court has narrowly ruled that the race of a child cannot be used to determine where he or she will be sent to school.
The decision, one of the most important civil rights rulings in years, may affect millions of children in the US.
Democratic presidential candidates spoke out against the court's 5-4 judgement, with Senator Barack Obama describing it as "wrong-.ed".
Speaking at a presidential debate hours after the ruling, leading Democrats criticised the court.
"Once again, the [Chief Justice John] Roberts court has shown its willingness to erode core constitutional guarantees," said Senator Hillary Clinton.
Mr Obama, hoping to become the first black US president, said the 1954 Brown vs Board of Education ruling that outlawed segregation in schools was the reason he had succeeded in public life.
Originally posted by Fett Pinkus
Im not sure what to make of this being a European? So is this good or bad?
Originally posted by FlyersFan
Seriously - a society that is run colorblind is the ultimate goal. To have no one care what color a person is .. but to treat everyone totally equal.
Originally posted by grover
If we are to eliminate racial prejudice, still the best place to start is with our children.
In September 2006, a group of African American high school students in Jena, Louisiana, asked the school for permission to sit beneath a "whites only" shade tree. There was an unwritten rule that blacks couldn't sit beneath the tree. The school said they didn't care where students sat. The next day, students arrived at school to see three nooses (in school colors) hanging from the tree....
The boys who hung the nooses were suspended from school for a few days. The school administration chalked it up as a harmless prank, but Jena's black population didn't take it so lightly. Fights and unrest started breaking out at school. The District Attorney, Reed Walters, was called in to directly address black students at the school and told them all he could "end their life with a stroke of the pen."
Black students were assaulted at white parties. A white man drew a loaded rifle on three black teens at a local convenience store. (They wrestled it from him and ran away.) Someone tried to burn down the school, and on December 4th, a fight broke out that led to six black students being charged with attempted murder. To his word, the D.A. pushed for maximum charges, which carry sentences of eighty years. Four of the six are being tried as adults (ages 17 & 18) and two are juveniles....