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Stephen G. Breyer:
It was about the nature of democracy that must work for all Americans.
It sought one law, one Nation, one people, not simply as a matter of legal principle but in terms of how we actually live our lives.
Not everyone welcomed that decision, three years after it Governor of Arkansas ordered state militia to block the doors of a white schoolhouse so that black school children could not enter.
President of the United States dispatched the 101st Airborne Little Rock, and federal troops were needed to enforce that desegregation decree.
Today, almost 50-years later, attitudes towards race in this Nation have changed dramatically.
No Airborne division many parents white and black alike, maybe almost all alike want their children to attained schools with children of different races.
Indeed the very school districts that once spurned integration now strive for it.
The long history of their efforts reveals the complexity and difficulties they have faced.
And in light of those challenge they here ask us not to take from their hands the instruments that they have used to rid their schools racial segregation instruments that they believe are still necessary to overcome the problems of cities that are divided by race and poverty.
Plurality would decline their modest request.
The plurality is wrong to do that.
Last half-century has witnessed great strides towards racial equality.
We have not yet realized the promise of Brown.
To invalidate the plans under review here is to threaten the promise of Brown.
The plurality’s position not intended that I fear would break that promise.
This is a decision that the court and the Nation will come to regret, I must dissent.