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Quickies: School Choice = Segregation, Greyhound vs. ICE, and Constitutional Punishment for Voter Suppression

  • School Vouchers Are Just Code for ‘Segregation Forever’, the Daily Beast: “Their advocates claim that vouchers and “school choice” constitute a civil right, a social justice issue. In fact, the call for “school choice” today echoes the language of Southern segregationists who called for “freedom of choice” to evade school desegregation. And today’s advocates employ many of the same arguments and tactics, including vouchers, that were the prime strategies of segregationists in their attempts to overthrow the Brown decision.”
  • Greyhound Is Saying No to Border Patrol Immigration Checks on Their Buses, the Root: “Previously, Greyhound had insisted that they had no choice but to follow federal law in allowing agents to board their busses and conduct checks, but after facing pressure from immigrant’s rights activists, the American Civil Liberties Union and Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to stop allowing sweeps, and after the AP reported on a leaked Border Patrol memo saying that, in fact, Border Patrol agents are not allowed to board private buses without the consent of the bus company, Greyhound has changed their tune.”
  • The Lost 110 Words of Our Constitution, Politico: “These forgotten words form Section 2 of the 14th Amendment, which was designed to guard against the infringement of voting rights. The lost provision is simple: States that deny their citizens the right to vote will have reduced representation in the House of Representatives.”
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