Harris right to question Biden
Eric Zorn’s “Say it was so, Joe!” column brings up many memories of forced busing in the decades since the Brown decision. He defends Biden’s antibusing stance back then. But Sen. Kamala Harris was right to question him about it during the second Democratic presidential debate. Her question about race relations in this nation was one that had to be asked.
Biden said the question of busing belonged to the local school districts. Yet these are the very folks who discriminated against black school kids for decades. Here in Chicago, the first Mayor Daley played around for years trying to keep black and white school kids apart. He set up mobile classrooms, Willis wagons, to allay the overcrowding fears from black parents who boycotted the schools in the early ’60s.
The busing plan here helped only a small number of students who were willing to take the long CTA trip from the South Side to better schools on the North Side. As a high school freshman at Mather High School in 1967, I saw some of these kids in my classes. I could not imagine what time they had to get up in order to make it on time to my neighborhood school, a school that I walked to. The unfairness of it all blew my 14-year-old mind.
Raising the question of racial inequality in education is never wrong.
— Jan Goldberg, Riverside