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Nancy Cantor, Michigan Cases






We are reminded of just how large the gap is between the principles and dreams set forth 50 years ago in Brown v. Board and the practices of daily life in this country today; practices that block access to opportunity at every turn. We learn of race disparities in health care, employment, and criminal justice sentencing, painting a stark portrait of life in this country if you are not white.2 We hear from the latest surveys of the Harvard Civil Rights Project that our schools are substantially segregated and differentially resourced by race, and that residential segregation is apparent all across the income spectrum.3 Not only don’t we know each other, we don’t like each other, with smoldering racial tensions in our nation’s cities as fierce as those that led Governor Otto Kerner thirty-six years ago to warn: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal. Discrimination and segregation have long permeated much of American life; they now threaten the future of every American.

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