It's time to move on

Lifting aging desegregation order will lift our community

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All the faces have changed. Lots of the hearts, too.

There’s just no reason to keep Augusta schools under the cloud of a 1972 court desegregation order.

Federal Judge Dudley Bowen will hear arguments today about whether to lift the outdated order.

It’s so irrelevant these days that it’s almost irrelevant whether it’s lifted. At least legally.

But lifting it could make a huge statement about our ability and willingness to move forward as a community.

There’s no one in power who wants segregation. If there were, he’d be outvoted and ostracized. Contrary to what the media and the demagogues put forth, most of us want King’s dream of a
nation where children “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

In the big picture, the desegregation order is little more than a museum relic. Truth be known, it’s probably a surprise to most folks today that one even still exists.

The formerly majority-white district is now 73 percent black. We don’t need a judge to tell a black superintendent or a racially even and cohesive school board not to discriminate based on race.

The chief contribution of the court order today is to clog the works of an already complicated and challenged public school system with superfluous regulations that are trying to prevent what no longer goes on. Our besieged school officials have enough to worry about without having the courts view their
actions through a 1960s or ’70s lens.

Is there any evidence that the district takes any action today based on race – except to the benefit of equal opportunity? Is there a shred of evidence that the district needs the court’s hands on the wheel to keep it on the straight and narrow in 2013?

If there are vestiges of segregation in our schools today, and there most certainly are, the schools have now done their part to erase them.

The schools cannot desegregate to a larger extent than the society at large is willing to.

The rest is up to us.

Equal opportunity has to be more than a slogan or a department of a glacial bureaucracy. It has to be explained and sold and wrapped in a package that has “hope” stamped on all sides.

It’s about jobs, environmental justice, strong families, moral foundations and more.

The only remaining role of the public school system – and it’s a huge one – is a quality education.

Even if the desegregation order is lifted, the case can always be revisited at the first signs of shenanigans.

Truly, the only reason for keeping the desegregation order is fear and distrust – which, ironically enough, is what drove much of segregation.

If trust in this town is still that bad, then we have much larger problems than a yellowing legal artifact.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/17/13 - 05:17 am
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Today

With the whites comprising less than 27% of the students in the system the fact is you CAN’T have racially balanced schools. The magnet schools with their half white and half black student population are the only ones meeting a racial balance. But that’s decreasing the percentage of whites at the other schools. Another fact is that schools in the CSRA are more segregated today than in 1972 due to private schools and white flight to Columbia County. People doing what they feel is best for their children is a powerful force. President Obama has his daughters in a private school in DC for that reason.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 06/17/13 - 05:57 am
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still separate, still not equal

the only way to make it equal
is with vouchers, to be spent at the school of choice
most public schools are so bad it should be considered neglect
and many public schools are so bad they amount to abuse
they are always improving, they are always improving
yet they are always the same

Rhetor
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Rhetor 06/17/13 - 06:12 am
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if only . . .

If only it were true. I appreciate the ACES's idealism.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/17/13 - 07:18 am
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Rhetor, do you have any
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Rhetor, do you have any evidence that contradicts the editorial, or are we just to appreciate YOUR idealism?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/17/13 - 07:39 am
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Time to move on ended in the

Time to move on ended in the 1990's

Some have been milking the process too long
for fame, and donations.

We are no longer a Floyd Graham elem. vs. Hephzibah Elem RCBOE system. Schools are schools. Communities are integrated and schools are based on location of the student.

Since 1970 the quality has dropped, the incident rates are up, the graduation rates are down, scores have peaked and dropped all across the board. We now have equality.

The SAME lame Education is available to every student in Richmond co.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/17/13 - 07:51 am
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nocnoc? who's there? THE TRUTH
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Well said. Just moving on is a cop out. THE TRUTH will set black and white free. But who wants to be free. Better to be a mindless slave to a totalitarian government. "Don't worry, be happy". The free Obama Money line forms to the left.

deestafford
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deestafford 06/17/13 - 07:58 am
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Don't underestimate

the self promotion of the racial pimps. If there were harmony between the races they would have no reason to exist and would be forced to get some type of legitimate work in order to make a living.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/17/13 - 08:51 am
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Oh Brother

OOOH how polite you are in this letter...my..my..my...it was the biggest upheaval that Richmond county ever had..BAR NONE!
It accomplished NOTHING but grief--heartache & MOVING AWAY....I know because I lived it!!!
Now some say still...not enough...what what would be enough...have every other house white/black/hispanic....GEEZ

Look at Richmond county today & look at the undoing of a great county....thanks to daddie gov.......now let us throw all our $$$ up in the air & let any & all collect them as they fall to the ground.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/17/13 - 08:56 am
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Hah

With this...

If trust in this town is still that bad, then we have much larger problems than a yellowing legal artifact.

YOU have a problem & it isn't just the schools!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/17/13 - 09:16 am
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SeenitB4 knows whereof she

SeenitB4 knows whereof she speaks, having lived through it. Because I lived 3,000 miles away at the time, nothing that I could offer on the subject would be as meaningful.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/17/13 - 09:18 am
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A quote from the editorial

"The chief contribution of the court order today is to clog the works of an already complicated and challenged public school system with superfluous regulations that are trying to prevent what no longer goes on."

I believe this statement is so true that the whole editorial is missing the very point that it is trying to make !! If this practice no longer exists, then WHY EVEN creat the court costs to even visit this antiquated law !! Besides, if The No Child Left Behind Law is enforced, parents have the rights to enroll their children into ANY school !!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/17/13 - 09:34 am
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blacks are retroactively
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punishing whites for sins of our fathers and grandfathers. It will never change as long as the naacp, sclc, southern poverty law center and aclu still exist. You can expect, soon, as black unwed mothers produce more welfare babies and the population shift turns to black dominance, we will experience the same policies now in effect in South Africa; the taking over of white people's property as reparations.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/17/13 - 09:35 am
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This is funny too

The gov is in a squandry trying to figure out this problem..hah

In Atlanta 85% of gov jobs are held by blacks....that does NOT represent the population...soooo to undo this problem they would have to FIRE many blacks......ooh what a wicked web we weave....unbelievable.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/17/13 - 09:47 am
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I think it is very

I think it is very interesting that there are some who are basically saying that the majority in this county are not capable of making their own decisions.

Apparently it is their position that, although the court decision was originally for the purpose of protecting the rights of the black minority, it is now needed to protect blacks from the black majority.

What we really need is a court decision to protect Southeast Richmond County taxpayers from the "City of Augusta"......regardless of who is in charge.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/17/13 - 09:47 am
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seenit.....in the CSRA,
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seenit.....in the CSRA, Caucasians are a minority, yet do not receive protection from Affirmative Action plans. Why is that?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/17/13 - 09:55 am
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You are dreaming humble

THat won't happen....because in most minds they think whites don't need it BUT in my mind & in what I see is... THEY DO.....just like dichotomy says on here everyday......he paints a true picture of the county he lives in......I try to give credit where credit is due.......just like with Rtree as Sheriff....I think the man is trying to do a good job....what I am sick of is.....Giving bennies because of color.....I said this & I feel the tipping point has been reached.....it is overflowing as a matter of fact!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/17/13 - 09:56 am
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SeenitB4, Now that would be a

SeenitB4, Now that would be a big problem if some had to be fired to equalize the jobs according to the county makeup. I wonder what the others would want if it was the other way around?

Darby
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Darby 06/17/13 - 09:59 am
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"If only it were true. I appreciate the

ACES's idealism."

.
What on earth is THAT supposed to mean???

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/17/13 - 10:28 am
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Ideal world

Think about it...

What would make an ideal world....all paychecks the same----same house for all to live in---all cars the same---kids go to the same parks---read the same books---we wear identical clothes--we will never have IDEAL...never....it won't happen.....why kid ourselves...

Heck..I would like to live in a million dollar home---duhhh--I want the goodies the stars have in California....can we take their goodies away & share with the middle income folks???

Funny thing but I have noticed this in my lifetime....the Asians have the secret....they make their kids study----obey the parents---not much wasted time in their family--most are well rounded.....(not all but most).......the options are here for all...even the country rednecks should they so desire....the trick is to take advantage of the many many options we have in this country...if you DON'T ..that is no fault but your own..

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/17/13 - 10:33 am
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seenit..... Problem is, there
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seenit..... Problem is, there are still many, many people who think that just because of the color of your skin, that you have some sort of advantage....but they never can give concrete evidence of what that evidence is. (unless you count the advantage that legalized discrimination provides....ie Affirmative Action)

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/17/13 - 10:44 am
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Life under a rock !

A person would have to have lived under a rock to KNOW that these laws WERE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to desigragate our population after the events of the 1950's through the 1970's !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/17/13 - 10:55 am
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Why this law ??

Why spend taxes on the court costs when there are MANY LAWS that are no longer necessary to enforce like spitting on public grounds !

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/17/13 - 10:58 am
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And you would have to remain
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And you would have to remain under that very same rock today to think that they are still necessary.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/17/13 - 10:59 am
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Court costs? You simply have
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Court costs? You simply have legislature vote to repeal the law....case closed.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/17/13 - 11:35 am
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I'm moving on...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1bxlDAjGCo

Because I have a lot to do.....but just like RM said in the 1st post on here......

People doing what they feel is best for their children is a powerful force.

The gov will never change that feeling...more powerful than a locomotive..that goes for all colors..

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/17/13 - 12:01 pm
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HA, I was beginning to think no engagement from you !

"And you would have to remain under that very same rock today to think that they are still necessary."

You make my point for me ! My point is, "Why waste judicial and / or legislative time to repeal a law that is accually superceded by The No Child Left Behind Law."

AS AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION: Did you have anything to do with "getting the plug pulled on Saturday's LTE about a Godless nation ??

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/17/13 - 12:11 pm
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Another quote from the editorial:

"Even if the desegregation order is lifted, the case can always be revisited at the first signs of shenanigans."

This statement even tells why the law should stay on the books. If signs of shenanigans crop up, then you have this active law to stop it.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/17/13 - 12:17 pm
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"desegregation order is fear

"desegregation order is fear and distrust – which, ironically enough, is what drove much of segregation."

Anybody over the age of 40 knows that this is very much not true ! Older people, (( BOTH BLACK AND WHITE )), know that it was the color of peoples' skin that drove segregation !!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/17/13 - 12:31 pm
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"AS AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION:
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"AS AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION: Did you have anything to do with "getting the plug pulled on Saturday's LTE about a Godless nation ??"

If I did, it certainly wasn't at my request. I went to post, and it was gone.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/17/13 - 01:41 pm
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Maybe it was all of us !

"If I did, it certainly wasn't at my request. I went to post, and it was gone."

Maybe the plug was pulled because of EVERYBODY's tone of posts.

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