And in light of this fact, the North Carolina NAACP issued an inspiring and hopeful statement last night.
I liked this part:
“Once again, Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, old and young, rich and poor, Republicans and Democrats have all said, “We want to go forward and not backwards.” It is our great hope that after these elections, the single focus of Wake County School Board is to set an example not only for North Carolina but for the nation that all children deserve a high quality, constitutional, well-funded and diverse public education.
Both tonight and on October 11, 2011, the voices of parents, grandparents, teachers, students and community members rejected candidates who support regressive public policy that leads to resegregation of our public schools. Their commitment speaks clearly to the rest of North Carolina, but also to the national debate over public education reform, which must have diversity and resources at the center. Tonight, we hope, marks a shift in the public policy of the Wake County School Board that will work toward the Gold Standard student assignment plan that builds upon past successes and commitments to diversity that made Wake County schools great, rather than destroy the progress we had made.
If we are able to unify and make a commitment to these principles, our children, our community and our future will be better because of our efforts.”
May it be so.