Harvard Educational Review
  1. Winter 1993 Issue »

    Winson and Dovie Hudson's Dream

    Marian Wright Edelman
    Desegregation of the nation's public schools was mandated by the Supreme Court twenty-one years ago, yet today it meets with continuing resistance. In this article, the author asserts that the goal of desegregated education must remain uncompromised. She examines the progress in the South since Brown due to federal compliance efforts and looks at the political obstacles put in place by the Nixon administration to halt that progress. Turning to the North, where desegregation may depend more on the possibility of  metropolitan remedies, relevant demographic data, court cases, and their implications are discussed. Finally, the evidence offered about three commonly used arguments against desegregation — 1) that de facto segregation is beyond the purview of the courts; 2) that neighborhood schools are a sacrosanct American tradition; and 3) that busing endangers children — shows that these are myths rather than facts. Edelman concludes that if the nation wants to renege on busing or desegregation, it should be honest about what it is doing: denying Black children equal protection of the laws.

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