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May. 28th, 2001

The city of norfolk is close to bankruptcy.
They're ending the bussing of middle school students that they've had in place for 30 years.
Because of the neighborhood structure in norfolk, bussing is the only thing keeping a mix of students going on in the more affluent neighborhoods.
Of course the NAACP is protesting.


They say that the city is ENFORCING segregation by not bussing.
The problem is not that the city wants to stop this mix of students.
The problem is that the city cannot AFFORD it anymore.
And laying the blame for segregation on the city is ludicrous. They don't assign you places to live. They are not responsible for the de facto segregation of the city. It happens in every city in every state in the united states and all over the world.
It actually wouldn't be a problem if the state government weren't being run by someone who absolutely refuses to take federal subsidies for school funding because of his fear it would make us beholden to the fed. gov. Or if He would quit taking loans to make good on an insane campaign promise that we're $15 million short of reaching. and funnel our existing funds into our schools and actual programs and initiatives instead of protecting his ass so he can become a senator in a few years.




If the NAACP and the church groups that are encouraging these protests and boycotts without looking at the larger picture and the actual causes of the decision want the bussing to continue (which, by the way, I think it should) then they should raise money and help the city do so.

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