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
"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.