Education: No Place to Hide

"A nauseating mixture of vacuous sociological theories," wrote the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

"Harsh, acrimonious, sometimes arrogant," complained its afternoon counterpart, the News Leader.

"I want my rights back," said the placard carried by a woman picketing the city's courthouse.

What caused all this anger—and may cause a lot more throughout the U.S.—was a landmark decision by U.S. District Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr., who last week ordered Virginia state officials to consolidate the increasingly black (now 69%) school system of Richmond with two surrounding suburban districts that are 91% white. It was the first...

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