Why the NAACP is suing New York
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, with a lame defense of his organization's actions:
For 102 years, the NAACP has fought to ensure that all our children have access to high-quality public education. Our founders made improving education our primary strategy for improving America. They did so because they knew from experience that educational inequities are not only the product of broader inequalities and dangerous social tensions but also maintain them.
We believe that if we make all our schools great places to learn, we will have more than better institutions and better-prepared students — we will have a better country.
Toward this end, we filed a lawsuit last month on behalf of New York City's public schoolchildren and their parents.
The NAACP has a long history in New York. One hundred years ago this month, our first local branch in the nation was founded in Harlem. Since then, thousands upon thousands of New York students, parents and grandparents have volunteered with the NAACP to end the mistreatment of schoolchildren.
This lawsuit was filed for the most common reasons we have sued boards of education across the decades: Students are being grossly mistreated, their parents are being deeply disrespected and the entire community stands to suffer.
There are two issues we are particularly concerned about.