Wake County school board member John Tedesco is being vilified by diversity policy supporters for invoking the Brown v. Board of Education decision on Tuesday to justify going to community schools.
Tedesco drew a comparison with how poor children in Wake couldn't go to their neighborhood school with 9-year-old Linda Brown not being allowed to go to her neighborhood school because she was black. His mention of the Brown case drew boos and shouts of “how dare you” and “shame, shame” from the audience.
"So what we’ve done in this county at some time now, is told many of our children and many of our families even if they live near a school, because their mom and dad doesn’t have enough money in their pocket, they’re not welcome to go to school with their friends and their neighbors," Tedesco said. "And I just don’t find that fair."
After the vote, the public had some pretty harsh words to say to the board majority and Tedesco.
"You literally have what amounts to blasphemy Mr. Tedesco by invoking Brown vs. Board to justify the resegregation of the schools," said Sarah Moncelle of Apex. "It's beyond Orwellian, It's contemptible."
Schofield said Tedesco was making a "tortured analogy" to compare busing a poor child to an integrated, lower poverty school with denying a black child a seat at an all-white school near her home because of her race.
"This is the person drafting THE PLAN to totally remake one of the largest and most successful school systems in the United States: a man who has such a twisted and confused view of American history that he’s willing to cite the most important anti-segregation case ever handed down by the Supreme Court as grounds for intentionally re-segregating the schools!" Schofield writes. "This is Orwellian reasoning of the worst kind. What’s next for Tedesco? An MLK quote? Cesar Chavez?"
Brown v. Board is in the news this week because Monday was the 56th anniversary of the famous U.S. Supreme Court intergration ruling.