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May 3, 2004

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A range of scholars, writers and activists reflect on the legacy of the Brown v. Board of Education decision fifty years later.

Letters


BUSH, SHARON AND OCCUPATION

Lake Worth, FL


WMD? HA HA HA!

Louisville, Ky.

Editorials

George W.
Bush has declared that tort reform will be a major part of his
forthcoming campaign.

When George W. Bush asked Congress for the
authority to attack Iraq, New York Congressman Amo Houghton voted no.

When the Supreme Court
hears oral argument April 20 on the cases challenging the legality of
the detentions at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, it will confront the
most dramatic conflict betwe

The same political figures
who engineered the current debacle in Iraq are now trying to blame
the United Nations for more than $10.1 billion worth of oil revenue
they claim Saddam Hussein d

When faced with criticism, accuse. That seems to be
Attorney General John Ashcroft's rule of political survival.

It is a
pity the major news media have not convened a commission of inquiry
to examine their own mistakes and derelictions concerning the war in
Iraq.

George W. Bush
believes in the Easter Bunny--that is, those weapons of mass
destruction.

Who should
control access to the archives of the 9/11 Commission after it closes
up shop in August? The commission's records will go to the National
Archives.

GUGGENHEIM FOR GRACE: Grace Schulman, Nation poetry editor for the past thirty-two years, won a Guggenheim Fellowship to support work on a new book of poems.

Columns

scheer

So, it was a holy war, a new crusade. No wonder George W. Bush could lie to Congress and the American public with such impunity while keeping the key members of his Cabinet in the dark.

This year is the tenth anniversary of the end of
apartheid in South Africa, the fortieth anniversary of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme
Court's ruli

As one who regards Gerry Ford as our greatest President
(least time served, least damage done, husband of Betty, plus Stevens
as his contribution to the Supreme Court), I'd always imagined th

Because no silver bullet could have stopped
This horrifying deed from being done,
We cannot blame those dozing on the job
For never even loading up the gun.

Articles

Advocates are demanding not just equal but decent schools for all children.

Why we must rethink the paradigm we use for judging human ability.

After bloody battles for desegregation, blacks in Memphis are still behind.

Racial tensions still simmer in the rural county where Brown was born.

How four federal judges brought the rule of reason to the South.

The product of black legal skill and strategy, Brown has a black copyright.

At the time, the Justices had doubts that Brown was rightly decided.

Click here to read Brown at 50 by Eric Foner and Randall Kennedy.

Prior
to the landmark Supreme Court rulings in Brown v. Board of
Education
and Bolling v.

Books & the Arts

Book

This clutch of books offers
an excellent retrospective on the recent stock-market crash, which
wiped out $8.5 trillion in market value.

Book

In early 1966, Leonard
Bernstein threw a birthday party for Dmitri Shostakovich in Lincoln
Center's Philharmonic Hall.

Book

Eugene McCarthy, the Senate dove who in 1968 challenged Lyndon Johnson's conduct of the Vietnam War, died Saturday at the age of 89. In this 2004 review of Dominic Sandbrook's biography of McCarthy, Jon Wiener assesses the man and his impact on liberal politics.

Book

Fifty years ago, African-Americans and
fellow progressives hailed Brown v. Board of Education as a
conclusive turning point in the struggle for racial equality.