The "Rosa Parks Act" in Florida

Cross-posted from Florida Netroots

Back in December of 1955, Rosa Parks challeged a city ordinance in Montgomery, Alabama that segregated transit passengers by race in refusing to give up her seat on a bus to make room for a white passenger. This single courageous act of civil disobedience started the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the civil rights movement.

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Brooks to the Rescue of the Reagan Myth

    It seems that pundit and Republican apologist David Brooks could not sit idly by and listen to the truth about his hero Ronald Reagan. Because of the recent talk surrounding the Reagan visit to Mississippi to kick-off his campaign and its racist overtones, Mr. Brooks is trying once again to write revisionist history concerning "The Gipper". I wrote an essay detailing this phenomenon called "Revisionist History", it seems the Republicans have to keep the image of Reagan as the populist hero because of the damage done by the Bush clan. It explains why all of the candidates are falling all over themselves to be the "next Reagan". So, needless to say his image must not be tarnished by a small little detail like the truth.

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Media Largely Ignores Falwell's Support For Segregation, Apartheid

Over at Jack and Jill and Field Negro, a point about the late Jerry Falwell is being made that has escaped the mainstream media. Namely, his support of segregation and his opposition to miscegenation, as well his support of South African Apartheid.

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Is the term "Whitosphere" a Fair Descriptor for the White Blogosphere?

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"Whitosphere" describes that part of the blogosphere that is almost exclusively populated by whites.

Cross-posted at

The term "white neighborhood" is very commonly used in America to describe a neighborhood that is predominantly or overhwhelmingly white.  The prevalence of this term in our language is a reflection of the degree to which Blacks and whites have historically lived, and continue to live, in segregated neighborhoods in America, due historically to legal, structural, customary and financial restrictions placed by whites on where Blacks and other minorities could go and where we could live. /housing01.htm ust.htm 

If the term "white neighborhood" describes where whites live, and the "blogosphere" is the part of the Web characterized by is resident population of blogs, then it seems natural that the term "whitosphere" will be used to describe that part of the blogosphere characterized by the fact that it is predominantly or almost exclusively populated by whites.

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Thoughts on School Assignment Plans

Cross-posted from Tort Deform: The Civil Justice Defense Blog

by Rigel Oliveri, Professor of Law, University of Missouri

The Supreme Court is currently considering a pair of cases, Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education, that are ostensibly about school assignment plans in which race is one factor to be considered.  The school district in Louisville adopted its plan while under court order to desegregate its schools to remediate previous de jure segregation.  The Seattle school district adopted its plan under threat of litigation by the NAACP and ACLU, after its previous efforts to desegregate its schools were unsuccessful.

I say these cases are "ostensibly" about school assignment plans, because underlying both of them are much bigger issues that have received relatively little attention in the opinions and briefing of the case: residential segregation and housing discrimination. One key reason that achieving a racial balance in schools has proven so difficult is because the concept of the "neighborhood school" reflects and reinforces segregated living patterns.

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