In a press release today, the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, rails against how "the re-segregationists present you with a set of maps" which "obliviously are designed to tighten their grip on our children's learning environments."
In case people didn't get the hint about the tone of the press release, Barber notes that today is the 57th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Ed decision.
Barber contends the new lines drawn up by Kieran Shanahan go beyond the purpose of redrawing boundaries to correct population imbalances.
"It is obvious Shanahan had another purpose — trying to make it easier for the Tea Party extremists to pick up another seat," Barber writes. "Shanahan has exceeded the statutory grant of power to the School Board."
Barber says they weren't able to verify Shanahan's data or recreate his maps, which he contends raises the question of whether accurate census numbers were used.
Barber also complains the maps "were developed in the dark, far from the sunlight of the required open meetings." It's debatable whether Shanahan holding private meetings with school board members about the maps was illegal.
"We deplore this latest effort to consolidate re-segregation, and we respectfully ask the Superintendent to work with us and other organizations who want the best for our children—high quality, diverse, constitutional schools," Barber writes. "To reassure the public no racial animus infected the drawing of these maps, let us hold a public hearing where serious questions regarding the Shanahan data can be answered and the Board can correct the distortions that have resulted from the racial purposes apparently present in the drawing of these new lines."