When we, especially us in the South, get bogged down in political and emotional debates about whether or not we should have diversity in our public schools . . .
Whether we should be segregated or integrated? . . .
Whether we should have high concentrations of poverty in certain schools?. . .
Whether we should have high concentrations of one race or another in certain schools?
Maybe we should be reminded of the dark and ugly past, the road we’ve come from and not want to return to in any form or fashion.I want you to listen to the final words of the General Counsel of the NAACP, Thurgood Marshal. Close your eyes as he closed his argument before the Supreme Court, 56 years ago. He was arguing for our children, who walked by their neighborhood schools to go to the segregated colored schools across town. He was arguing against the failed philosophy that had been the law of the land since 1896. The Separate but Equal policy. Marshall spoke of the strangeness of the thinking that under-girded the policy of segregation . . . of anti-diversity.