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Supreme Court Limits Use of Race in Schools

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More than 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. The decision ordered the gradual desegregation of America's public schools.

But the legacy of discrimination persists, and today the high court ruled on two modern desegregation cases.

In a controversial 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled against the use of race in public school enrollment. While the judgment spoke specifically to programs in Seattle, Wash., and Louisville, Ky., it could affect dozens of similar desegregation programs across the country.

In his must-read article for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin sheds light on the court's conservative ascendancy and the significance of its five to four votes.

And on today's show, guest host Tony Cox talked to the counsel of record in one of the two cases, as well as the president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Do you agree with the court's decision, or do you think it undermines the efforts made to integrate primary and secondary education?