A discriminatory ruling by a U.S. District Court Judge to allow modern-day segregation in schools in Gardendale, Alabama is being challenged by several lawyers representing Black students in the city. A federal appeals court was charged Thursday with weighing an overturning of Judge Madeline Haikala’s ruling in April that approved the succession plan despite racial motives, AL reported.
The order in favor of Gardendale, a majority-White enclave near Birmingham, to secede from the predominantly Black Jefferson County’s School system threatened to send reverberating messages of racial inferiority, undermine civil rights and hinder court-ordered nationwide desegregation efforts. Yet, the judge moved forward with the ruling, which spotlights segregation some 60 years after the Little Rock Nine tried to integrate a school in Arkansas. Black plaintiffs in the Gardendale case, like the Little Rock Nine, are working to push for a school system that openly accepts African Americans.
Just left the courthouse an hour ago where @NAACP_LDF lawyer & local counsel argued appeal in our case challenging effort by white residents to secede from an #Alabama school district on the road to integration. Great job by our attys & very encouraged by questions frm the court.
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) December 14, 2017
Haikala lacked the “right to allow Gardendale to create a partial system,” an order that “will disrupt the county’s compliance of a desegregation order,” former federal judge U.W. Clemon and NAACP LDF representative Monique Lin-Luse told U.S. 11th Circuit Court Of Appeals Judges William H. “Bill” Pryor, Jill Pryor (no relation to William) and Raymond Clevenger III. The county’s ideal ruling would reflect a partial reversal preventing Gardendale’s secession and a partial affirmation of Haikala’s ruling that the proposed separation was racially motivated. “The law is quite clear… you have to reject the [seperation] plan,” Lin-Luse said in the case that been ongoing for some time now.
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