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Tuesday, August 22, 2006


By Chris Buttars
Utah State Senator, District 8

I appreciate SLC Spin, the Utah Beehive, and Phil Windley for being vigilant, but I did not intentionally challenge centuries of progress in the inalienable rights of mankind.

The decision in Brown v. Board of Education was a pivotal moment in American History. In the larger context of dismantling institutionalized racism in the South, I believe it was the right decision.

In the more specific framework of education, however, I believe the decision actually hurt many minority students. That’s why I said what I did on the radio.

But the way I said it was wrong and suggested that I believe Brown v. Board of Education was wrong. I believe it was a brilliant and brave decision. In fact, it fired the bullet that shattered the wall of segregation.

For more information on the educational dimension I mentioned above, let me suggest the book Education Myths, by Jay P. Greene. I would recommend it to anyone interested in education policy.

Charley Foster said,
"There are legitimate arguments that Brown was poorly reasoned (although no one will argue that its outcome was wrong), but one has to be extremely careful and sensitive when making such an argument."
I neglected to do that.

I apologize for accidentally setting off any alarm bells. My statement was poorly worded, in fact terribly worded. I wish I would have spoken more clearly or had more time on the radio show to explain exactly what I meant.


Anonymous Phil Windley said...

I appreciate that you're willing to discuss this in a public way. I've posted a response on UtahPolitics.org:


8/23/2006 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a short response to Senator Butters assertion that he could have clarified his position had he had more time on the radio program. In fact the hosts of the program he was on asked him to clarify his reaasons why at the time. He however declined to do so instead saying he would tell them some other time what the reasons were. His assertion that he just didn't have time is like his statement just plain wrong.

8/23/2006 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Chris Buttars said...

I knew how long I was scheduled to talk on that radio show. We were down to our last few minutes and I didn’t think there was enough time left to go into it. In hindsight, I should have taken the opportunity. I do appreciate that KVNU was willing to put me on for a half hour the next night.

8/24/2006 11:36 PM  

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