Wasting me breath mentioning that, I know.
But not all Blacks celebrated. Some worried that desegregation would further alienate Blacks in white society; that it would lead to the elimination of jobs for black school teachers; that it would do little to eliminate the racism in people's hearts and minds.
Zora Neale Hurston, a noted African American author, put it this way: "How much satisfaction can I get from a court order for somebody to associate with me who does not wish me near them?"
From Tolerance.org: Teaching Tolerance: BROWN V. BOARD: An American Legacy; went looking for Zora Neale Hurston quotes after Skip Gates mentioned her during the Black, White and Brown discussion at the Times Book Review.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of the Book Review, moderated a discussion of the historic ruling between Cornel West, whose new book, ''Democracy Matters,'' will be published in September, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose latest book is ''African American Lives,'' edited with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham.
The Hurston mention isn't in the transcript, so you'll have to watch the video, I'm afraid.
He also mentions a point of agreement with Clarence Thomas. But still takes pot-shots at the guy, so that's all right.
Want to know more? You won't really find it reading Dwayne McDuffie's old Brought to You By columns, but again, pot-shots at Clarence Thomas. Always a good thing.