The spirit of “peace and luv” from the never never land of the 1960’s have left us tripping in fairyland. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was suppose to move America toward a colorblind society. it forced the “race” question off all Job applications, and guess what? Affirmative action forced it back on. Nor was the field of education neglected by these schemers and dreamers.
Myth: “Government Intervention in the Schools Sets the Pace for a Colorblind Society”
Someone is out of touch with reality. Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. Forced segregation by some state governments gave way to forced integration by the Federal Government. Either way, there must be “force.” Force is inevitable whenever there is government action on any level. Force is the nature of the beast. Without force, there is no government in any given situation..
If government were not in the education business in the first place, force would not be necessary but, progressive liberalism leaves no room for the third alternative— freedom of association. That is anathema to educational change agents.
Rayville Elementary, Failing Louisiana School, Will Not Transfer
White Students Out Because Of 1960s Court Ruling
An article under this headline appeared in the Huffington Post on August 2. The article reads in part::
“Rayville Elementary School in Louisiana received a failing grade this year, based on the state’s School Performance Scores. Under the state’s Public School Choice policy, eligible students in schools flagged as failing and in need of certain levels of improvement can transfer to an “academically acceptable school.”
“But an interesting and controversial issue has arisen [Emphasis added] that may actually challenge equal opportunity intended by the law. In a letter to parents dated July 25, Rayville Elementary school officials inform families of the school’s “F” grade and list two other institutions — with letter grades C- and B — that the parents can choose to transfer their children to. But there’reds [sic] a disclaimer:
“Please note that white students at Rayville Elementary School will not be allowed to transfer [Emphasis added] to the listed schools due to the present provisions issued in the federal Richland Parish School desegregation case.
“The case in question refers to a 1968 court decision that, in an effort to maintain desegregated schools, prohibits white students from leaving schools if their departure could cause the school to be considered “all-Negro.” [Emphasis added]
‘But the court’s effort to cultivate and protect fairness may now be yielding the opposite effect, some say, as a number have called the issue “reverse-racism” and discrimination.
“We agree that it is, but unfortunately we’re bound by federal law and we have to [adhere] to those standards,” Richland Parish School Board President Kevin Epinette told WNYC. He adds that the decision affects between 45 and 55 students at the school.”
Whatever happened to the federally mandated color blind society? One federal mandate (a 1968 court decision expressed in the letter to parents forbidding white children to transfer) contradicts another federal mandate (Brown v. Board of Education). We cannot help but wonder what would happen if the parents of all these white students would decide to homeschool! In the whimsical rules of men, freedom of association is trumped by forced integration.
CASE CLOSED: Nowhere does biblical law call for a “color blind society.” The solution is both biblical and simple. Get civil authority out of the education business where it has no business. People are what they are racially, and let them love and respect one another according to the biblical admonition, “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:18).