Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas
By Rebecca Price Janney, May 21 2019 04:53PM
I remember learning about seminal Supreme Court cases in school with one of the most important decisions of the 20th century coming in 1954. That's when the Court ruled segregation in schools to be unconstitutional. This was a huge victory for that classic American belief, that under God, all people are equal.
These days it's fashionable to criticize those who came before us as racists. Many dismiss the Founders who owned slaves as having little of relevance to say to us today. But consider this--the United States did not invent slavery or prejudice. These were universally present throughout the world back then, and in some parts remain a tragic reality. I propose that we look at the Founders differently, as flawed people like us, who for the most part, courageously stared down injustice and dared to make a better world.
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