The Law: Desegreation: A Historic Reversal

Desegregation: A Historic Reversal

Should suburban residents be drawn into the struggles of big cities to achieve racial balance in their schools? Last week the Supreme Court answered that emotional question in the negative. In a far-reaching and bitterly fought decision that came a day after the Watergate-tapes opinion, the court voted 5 to 4 against a plan to desegregate Detroit's primarily black school system by merging it with the mostly white systems of three surrounding counties.

As in many other big cities, the exodus of white middle-class residents to the suburbs has...

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