Thursday, June 28, 2007

High court rejects Seattle race-based school assignment

Excerpted from the Seattle P-I.

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected diversity plans that take account of students' race for assignments in Seattle's public schools.

The decision in two cases, including one involving schools in Louisville, Ky., could imperil similar plans in hundreds of districts nationwide, and it leaves public school systems with a limited arsenal to maintain racial diversity.

The court split, 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts announcing the court's judgment. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote a dissent that was joined by the court's other three liberals.

When so-called "race" is considered as an issue in selecting who can go to a certain school, then that is discrimination. Why "race"? Why not height or hair color or weight or eye color? Because a person's skin color is immediately noticed when it designates them to a so-called race. Those who want to use race as a factor in deciding who to allow into a building or a group, are trying to achieve something based on "appearance" rather than "merit".

As far as "race" goes, there is only one "race"; the "human race". I've declined to answer all questions on forms and applications that ask me my "race" unless "human" is an option.

...He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.'
-Acts 17:26-28

The court was right on this issue.

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