The Nation: The View from the Bus

NO northern city has been more polarized by the busing issue than Pontiac, Mich. (pop. 85,000), a transient auto assembly-line town 25 miles northwest of Detroit. Last May, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a district court order calling for the busing of 9,000 of the 24,000 students to achieve racial balance in the city's predominantly white (68%) school system. When the schools opened in September, six members of the Ku Klux Klan were arrested for fire-bombing Pontiac school buses; militant white mothers chained themselves to buses and enrolled their children in impromptu...

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