AMERICAN NOTES: Hearts and Minds

Last week's 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the case known as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was filled with ironies.

The ruling ushered in a generation of anguished testing and advances of the idea of equality. Yet in Topeka, Kans., in 1954, the parents of Linda Brown, an eleven-year-old black girl, had mere ly sought the right for her to attend a segregated white school in her own neighborhood, and the court upheld them. Since Brown, the complexities of desegregation have been transformed into the volatile issue of metropolitan busing. Opponents argue — on...

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