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Robert Winner

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Why does the USA still have desegregation law suits pending ... who is to blame?

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division lists 186 school cases on its "Open Desegregation Case List" spread across much of the South: 44 cases in Mississippi, 43 in Alabama, 36 in Georgia, 25 in Louisiana, nine in Florida, seven in South Carolina, six in Texas, five in Tennessee, three in Arkansas, two each for Indiana and North Carolina, and one each for Arizona, Connecticut, Utah and Virginia.

If a school district has not desegregated — nearly six decades after Brown v. Board of Education — then, well, why isn't it? If the existing court order is being ignored, someone needs to be held to account.

The desegregation issue in Arizona was over Mexican American Studies curriculum in Tuscon, Arizona not about racial integration.


So in addition to the STEM, CORE, and other mandates these class will be mandated by the federal government all without any funding available and minimum time available in a mandated curriculum.

I am not advocating against integration laws ... I am saying that after 6 decades our justice system has not either enforced or resolved the issue the court and Brown VS the Board of Education ruled on ..... WHY?

If we say: Desegregation is the process of ending the separation of two groups usually referring to races. Then are all 186 cases on file dealing with allowing all races admission to the schools? By definition that is the issue. Has that been accomplished?

Is making ethnic studies available in High schools really a desegregation issue under Brown VS the Board of Education?

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