Another day, another bevy of deeply depressing 5-4 Supreme Court decisions. The conservative old guys in robes are limiting growth in newer sectors of the economy (like e-commerce) and punishing working Americans by deciding that after a century, price collusion is now okay! Industry can establish price floors in order to "increase competition." Justice Breyer, who dissented, says the immediate affect will be higher prices for consumer goods.
Even more depressing, the Court this morning dealt a blow to Brown v. Board of Education. Did Brown succeed in integrating America’s schools and providing a quality education to all American children regardless of race? No way. That’s because of our continued geographical segregation (white people live near white people, black people live near black people, and so on) and because we fund our schools primarily through local property taxes. This means that poor communities, which collect the least tax revenue, have the fewest resources for schools.
Busing has been the major way larger towns and cities try to integrate in spite of these limitations. Busing isn’t usually fair; children of color and poor children are much more likely to be bused long distances than their wealthier, whiter counterparts. In Seattle and Louisville, upper middle class parents angry that their children were being bused in order to integrate the public schools sued the district. And now the Court has backed them up, making the ridiculous statement that although integration is a worthy goal, you can’t integrate by crafting policies based on race. I wonder how the Court would feel about a class-based integration model.
Anthony Kennedy, how finely can you split a hair?