The Supreme Court: Desegregation NOW

It has been 14 years since the Supreme Court ruled Southern school segregation unconstitutional, 13 years since the court ordered desegregation "with all deliberate speed," and four years since it ruled that "the time for mere 'deliberate speed' has run out." Last week, on behalf of an impatient and unanimous court, Justice William Brennan wrote: "The burden on a school board today is to come forward with a plan that promises realistically to work, and promises realistically to work now."

Bluntly, Brennan spelled out the court's dissatisfaction with the so-called "freedom of choice" plans that have been adopted in more...

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