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1. Before I comment, I research. I know, not something to be done for social media. I did it for my own benefit, but now that @KamalaHarris is raising the concept of reviving busing, and @JoeBiden is being slammed based on his 1970s position, it's time to share what I learned...
@KamalaHarris @JoeBiden 2...busing failed. Not everywhere, (in fact, the south had some of the greatest success) but in most states. That's why so many liberal politicians came out against it, including the National Black Political Convention. It was trying to undue housing discrimination through....
@KamalaHarris @JoeBiden 3...a means that caused a huge backlash - by using kids. The answer democrats wanted once the failure became evident was more funding for schools across the board, and focus on better schools across the board. This is why George McGovern - the most liberal nominee for the...
@KamalaHarris @JoeBiden 4...democratic party in history - wanted to come out AGAINST busing, but was convinced that doing so would be confusing for those who saw opposing busing as supporting segregation. Here is one of McGovern's advisors on that decision....
@KamalaHarris @JoeBiden 5...that piece goes to Biden - which may make you think it is recent. Nope. It was written in 2015 by Democratic Party stalwart Ted Van Dyke. This was a history, trying to explain why the democrats were turning against busing. In fact...
@KamalaHarris @JoeBiden 6...here is a section from a great book by a professor who specializes in research on discrimination, "Why Busing Failed." There is a lot in this book that is upsetting in terms of reaction, but it is clear this was a widely shared belief...
@KamalaHarris @JoeBiden 7...I really admire @KamalaHarris. But we cannot learn from individual experience. We have to learn from history. The data is out there on failure. There is a reason why the National Black Political Convention called busing "a bankrupt, suicidal method of desegregating schools"..
@KamalaHarris @JoeBiden 8...now, I will go back to the beginning. I had no opinion on busing. Thats because I didn't know enough. And so, for days, I have been reading, researching, rather than reacting to 260 character certainty. Calls for returns to busing is bad policy. It failed then, it will fail..
@KamalaHarris @JoeBiden 9...now. There is a reason why so many deeply liberal groups opposed it. Failure to face reality based on bits of data and misremembering is the path to bad policy. So, let's end the busing "gotchas." This is far more complex than most people commenting online know. It was NOT...
@KamalaHarris @JoeBiden 10...an attempt to undermine desegregation when liberal democrats opposed in the 1970s. It was about not climbing on a sinking ship, when the data and evidence showed it was sinking, simply to appease people who never studied the topic.
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