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When I started school in Virginia in 1968, the public schools in my county were still segregated by race. When our school board finally began complying with Brown vs. Board of Education, a group of parents decided to start an all-white private school. They showed up in our driveway one evening to convince my parents to join them. My father — a white factory worker and a son of the brutally segregated South — sent them away unhappy.
Sandra Bookman will take a look at a controversial complaint that was recently filed with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that the sole use of test scores for entrance to specialized high schools in New York City disproportionately excludes African-American and Latino students. She'll speak about the issue with Damon Hewitt, the director of education of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Esmeralda Simmons, the founder and executive director for the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
The New York City Police Department has come under criticism in recent years for arresting people for trespassing in public housing, often for little or no reason. The trespassing arrests are a variation on the city’s broader, and highly controversial, stop-and-frisk program.
NYU professor Kenji Yoshino and Debo Adegbile of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund join the Melissa Harris-Perry panel to talk about how the Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments this week for Fisher vs. University of Texas addressing affirmative action.
Re “At Home, and Accused of Trespassing” (About New York column, Sept. 28):
Jim Dwyer reports that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg offered a “scoffing dismissal” to the suggestion that innocent people are wrongly charged with trespassing in New York City public housing.