Monday, May 12, 2008

20 years after Brown v. Board of Education and what is it like...

... here in "the spring of Nixon's discontent"?

Roger Wilkins wonders where we are. One third of black Americans are still "mired in poverty," and Vernon Jordan says, "If we don't find a way out for that hard core one-third, I believe that we have the seedbed for the most rebellious revolution we can imagine."

THE YEAR THAT BLOG FORGOT IS: 1974.

23 comments:

Publius said...

If things don't get better, within 3 decades or so we will have a negro president.

Audities said...

Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but even with a registered NYT account they charge to read the archives.

- Michael in San Jose

Ann Althouse said...

I'm getting 100 free reads a month. Are you not getting that?

rhhardin said...

I only get the first paragraph or less free.

I'm registered but not a paying customer of the NYT.

I seem to remember that they give you access to a decade back in the archives, but I could be wrong.

Maybe just cite more of the article.

Trooper York said...

In 1974 I was just out of high school with long hair down to my ass listening to Jethro Tull all day long. Good times.

And what did a broad have against the board of education? Was it the broad in the picture?

Ann Althouse said...

Well, it's a great, long article, but I guess if you want to read it, you have to pay a few bucks. I can't cut and paste, because it's PDF. All the quotes are retyped.

Paddy O. said...

I'm not getting free reads either. Alas.

I'm still going to follow along, however. Tidbits of the past will just have to do for now.

Ron said...

1974 is a blur of corduroy for me...I thought it was the future!

Moving on...

vbspurs said...

Ann, congrats on your project!

A few comments:

- If you are going to rely heavily on the New York Times for this blog, I'll pony up the money for an account. I'm sure you'll get sources from other places, but please let us know if that's the main idea.

- Your photo is awesome! So fresh and yet so very different from the woman you blossomed into. Let's see. 1967?

Last summer the world changed. Last year the Leafs won the Stanley Cup.

Cheers,
Victoria

Paul Zrimsek said...

One revolution's just about as rebellious as another, when you get right down to it.

Let me be the first to say: You, a future law professor!

vbspurs said...

Speaking of future law professors, it's a beeotch that Blogger doesn't allow individual "About Me"s.

That photo of the beautiful waif Ann Althouse just doesn't go with "I am a law professor."

More like, "I'm into the Beatles and I like to make out with my groovy boyfriend.".

Cheers,
Victoria

reader_iam said...

So, was I the first to link? Doubt it, but hey: I won't be the last.

reader_iam said...

I am a still paying online NYT customer, specifically for the archives, because of various offline interests I have.

Now I shall reap an additional benefit, it appears.

Eli Blake said...
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Eli Blake said...

Victoria:

So what picture do you think Ann will have up there tomorrow? Her grandmother? Charlie Chaplin? Benito Mussolini?

Eli Blake said...

But here is my thought with it being 20 years after Brown vs. Board of Education:

That Alan Page. Thanks to that decision, he got a first rate education and then got into Notre Dame, and then to the NFL. And this year he was a rock in the middle of the Vikings defensive line, even if they did lose to the defending champs (wonder if the Dolphins will ever come down to earth, it doesn't feel like it.) But I hear a rumor that he isn't content to just be a great football player and is putting himself through law school. Who does he think he is? Can you imagine that he thinks that someday he will be the first colored man to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court and establish a foundation to send 3000 students to college? What a dreamer. He'll probably get into the NFL hall of fame, but who could think that just because he got a good education he thinks that someday he can do all those things too?

John said...

Ann,

Please don't take this as a back handed compliment or any reflection on your looks now, but you were stunning in that picture.

Mortimer Brezny said...

Women are allowed to blog?

M. Simon said...

Ann,

If you ever decide to change mates I'm interested. Just as you are. Now.

I find women of a certain age much more interesting. On all levels. In all positions. Law professors included.

We could have a Matlin/Carville relationship.

Maxine Weiss said...

The big event in 1974 was....the time change. The pitch-black mornings.....

EMB said...

1974 I had been out of high school
9 years.
A good memory, only rarely did you
ever see a police officer in or
around school.
We had great teachers back then,
especially the english and history
teachers.
I wouldn't trade those memories
for anything.

Ann Althouse said...

"If you ever decide to change mates..."

???

Do I seem married?

Jeff with one 'f' said...

He means, if you're back in 1974 and want to change mates...
swingin' 70's style!