Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"As Repugnant as 'Separate But Equal'"

This was a terrifically-written piece in the today's Trib by a University of Chicago law professor and historian. I love that he compares the reasoning used in "don't ask, don't tell" to the backwards-assed reasoning used by the segregationists of the 40s and 50s.

Coincidentally, I've met and spoken to this gentleman at a conference before, and besides being very articulate on this subject, he's also a very knowledgeable historian on the topic of suspension of First Amendment rights during wartime.


Anonymous Ed said...

Stoney sounds like a very smart guy he should be a professor. Maybe he should run for political office. I lived through the times when Blacks were thought to be second class and the moral majority wanted to keep them that way saying it was Gods will. Sound familiar? Now their conservative guns are pointed at us. Future historians will look back at those bigots with the same shame we look back at the segregationists with now.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Ed: He is a really smart guy. Not sure political office would be his cup of tea (he's a very articulate and witty speaker, but not a fiery demogogue, like people seem to prefer nowadays). He'd make a great political advisor, however...a la Henry Kissinger, sans the conscience-ectomy.

10:56 AM  

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