Well, 50 years have passed since the first major legal victory against American-style segregation, a struggle that started with Jackie Robinson entering the major leagues in 1947 and reached its zenith with the Civil Rights Act in 1964. And as a (nearly) forty-year-old who considers himself to be part of the first generation of African-Americans with full citizenship in this country, I am grateful.
However, Brown v. Board has been far from a total victory against segregation. Economic segregation has replaced racial segregation, and overt discrimination has been replaced by more subtle (and much harder to substantiate and challenge) discrimination in housing, the workplace and education.
All in all, I know my world is better because of Brown v. Board. Any thoughts on this momentous Supreme Court ruling?