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Monday, May 10, 2004

Separate v. Equal  

One of the consequences of Brown v Board of Ed at Fifty is that the notion that separate is inherently unequal is now enshrined not only in law but in the general consciousness. Any distinction is presumed unequal until proven legitimate (or corrective, by directly benefitting a protected class).

Would anyone consider educational mainstreaming without this? Or be reflexively leery of quarantining the infectious? Or segregating violent and non-violent prisoners?

So - assuming we accept that the wall of separation is constitutionally legitimate - what does this tell us about the relationship of church and state?

posted by Kelly | 11:27 AM link