The Law: Nobody Here But Us Orientals

When northern Florida's Flagler County was told to integrate its dual school system in 1970, the school board made a bizarre response. How could they comply, asked the board members, when no one had ever given them a legal definition of a Negro? The Department of Health, Education and Welfare duly moved to fill the bureaucratic gap. Negroes, it explained, were "persons considered by themselves, by the school or by the community to be of African or Negro origin." The same sort of definition, added HEW, held for Orientals, Chicanes and Indians. At that, the Flagler County school board pronounced all...

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