It was a familiar scene at the U.S. Supreme Court: states argued that allowing certain couples to marry would impose long-term harms upon children, families and social institutions. They contended that it is not the judiciary’s place to scrutinize restrictions upon the freedom to marry. And they fell back upon the claim that the definition of marriage is a longstanding tradition.
As we approach the 61st Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which invalidated racial apartheid in our nation's public schools, Sherrilyn Ifill urges Congress to preserve the federal role of holding states accountable for promoting equal access to educational opportunity in Education Week op-ed.
"More than 100 years of housing policy -- from segregation laws to restrictive covenants to urban renewal to the subprime mortgage crisis -- have created a Baltimore that is segregated and deeply unequal to this day. MHP and her guests [including Janai Nelson] discuss."