Monday, May 17, 2004

Civil Rights Landmarks Today: It's the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which desegregated American schools, and the first fully-legal same-sex marriages are being held in Massachusetts.

Today's breakthroughs are likely to lead to legal challenges which may still end up before the Supreme Court. So, where was current Chief Justice Billy Rehnquist fifty years ago, when history was being made? He was a young law clerk writing a memo to his boss that said, “Plessy vs. Ferguson was right and should be reaffirmed.”

You see, there are reasons why I'm not as optimistic about today's news as I should be.

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