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Juxtaposition, Political Correctness, and Fear

7 May 2010

Sometimes the drama playing out before us is just too delicious.  Here we have two stories about school administrators making flat-footed, ham-handed decisions that defy any sensible interpretation of “equal protection under the law.”  In the Michigan case, I thought we had decided that “separate but equal” was inherently unequal, but apparently not when it comes to a racially segregated field trip.  And in California, the mere act of wearing our nation’s most visible, recognizable symbol while you quietly sit and eat your lunch is enough to get you sent home, while Latino students ditch classes with impunity to march on the school district’s headquarters.  (Thankfully, a UCLA law professor seems to think that a lawsuit against the school on First Amendment grounds would be an “open and shut” case.  But that’s Ninth Circus territory, so who knows?)


2 Comments leave one →
  1. 7 May 2010 10:03 am


    Yup. The land of fruits and nuts. Uhhh, can I say that?

    School administrators must get training in ham-handed responses and stupidity. But stuff generally rolls downhill. Hypocrisy as well as zero tolerance policies adopted by school boards and state legislatures create such foolishness, not to mention fear of lawsuits and irrate parents.

    Alas, mini-Babylon!

    And blessings!

  2. 7 May 2010 10:14 am

    Yes, you may. This is a free speech zone, as long as you don’t holler “movie” in a crowded firehouse. qb

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