Separate but equal lives in Colorado

by Datechguy | February 16th, 2013

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Separate but equal lives in Colorado

In Col­orado appar­ently the after school tutor­ing pro­gram for kids is for chil­dren of color only:

A school prin­ci­pal said no white chil­dren were allowed at an after-​school tutor­ing pro­gram, and now some par­ents call it discrimination.

The prin­ci­pal at Mis­sion Viejo Ele­men­tary in Aurora sent a let­ter telling par­ents the pro­gram is only for stu­dents of color.

Not to worry the school says they will make accom­mo­da­tion for the rare white stu­dent who like stu­dents of color fail to reach the lev­els of accom­plish­ment that stu­dents of the school are expected to reach.

This is Andre Pear­son. It’s focused for and designed for chil­dren of color, but cer­tainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can def­i­nitely meet those needs,”

Now some might sug­gest such an arrange­ment sug­gests an inher­ent infe­ri­or­ity in non-​white stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly if they need help devoid of the pres­ence of a dif­fer­ent race, but the school dis­agrees:

If the civil and polit­i­cal rights of both races be equal, one can­not be infe­rior to the other civilly or politically.

and fur­ther

We con­sider the under­ly­ing fal­lacy of the plaintiff’s argu­ment to con­sist in the assump­tion that the enforced sep­a­ra­tion of the two races stamps the col­ored race with a badge of infe­ri­or­ity. If this be so, it is not by rea­son of any­thing found in the act, but solely because the col­ored race chooses to put that con­struc­tion upon it.

Oh sorry, my mis­take, that’s not the schools argu­ment that’s from the major­ity opin­ion of the Supreme Court Case Plessy v. Fer­gu­son of 1896.

Funny I seem to recall a court case in 1954 over­turn­ing that deci­sion say­ing in part:

We con­clude that in the field of pub­lic edu­ca­tion the doc­trine of “sep­a­rate but equal” has no place. Sep­a­rate edu­ca­tional facil­i­ties are inher­ently unequal.

One would think that a school prin­ci­pal would be famil­iar with this but per­haps Mr. Pear­son can be tutored on the sub­ject. The only ques­tion: Will he demand a seg­re­gated tutor­ing ses­sion.

In Colorado apparently the after school tutoring program for kids is for children of color only:

A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination.

The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent a letter telling parents the program is only for students of color.

Not to worry the school says they will make accommodation for the rare white student who like students of color fail to reach the levels of accomplishment that students of the school are expected to reach.

“This is Andre Pearson. It’s focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs,”

Now some might suggest such an arrangement suggests an inherent inferiority in non-white students, particularly if they need help devoid of the presence of a different race, but the school disagrees:

If the civil and political rights of both races be equal, one cannot be inferior to the other civilly or politically.

and further

We consider the underlying fallacy of the plaintiff’s argument to consist in the assumption that the enforced separation of the two races stamps the colored race with a badge of inferiority. If this be so, it is not by reason of anything found in the act, but solely because the colored race chooses to put that construction upon it.

Oh sorry, my mistake, that’s not the schools argument that’s from the majority opinion of the Supreme Court Case Plessy v. Ferguson of 1896.

Funny I seem to recall a court case in 1954 overturning that decision saying in part:

We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.

One would think that a school principal would be familiar with this but perhaps Mr. Pearson can be tutored on the subject. The only question: Will he demand a segregated tutoring session.

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