Milliken v. Bradley (1974) Analytical Essay by pghrebel

Milliken v. Bradley (1974)
A review of a class action suit filed in August 1970 in the US that alleged that the Detroit school system was racially segregated as a result of policy.
# 109590 | 1,130 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 03, 2008 in Law (Civil) , Law (Administrative) , Education (Multiculturalism)

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This paper reviews the case of "Milliken v. Bradley" (1974), a class action suit filed by parents of students in the Detroit Michigan school system and the Detroit Branch of the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP) against the Michigan State Board of Education and various other state officials of the state of Michigan, alleging that the Detroit school system was racially segregated as a result of policy, in particular, a state statute known as Act 48. The paper gives the background of the case, a summary of both the plaintiff's and the defendant's arguments as well as the court's ruling. The author also provides his opinion on the case.

Facts of the Case
Summary of Plaintiff's Argument
Summary of Defendant's Argument
The Supreme Court's Decision
Significant Concurring Opinions
Significant Dissenting Opinions
My Decision on the Case

From the Paper:

"I understand why the families of the children in the suburban schools outside the city of Detroit felt like they did nothing wrong and should therefore not be sent to schools in Detroit. At this time in history I believe that whites felt secure inside the suburbs and did not want to interact with the African American community. I believe that this type of feeling needs to be deemed unacceptable because after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the people needed to realize that racial desegregation is indeed moving in a positive direction and they should join in on it. I think the white people may have been afraid of the African American community but without them ever coming together there would be no way that they would ever realize there is really nothing to be afraid of."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • PBS, "Summary of Milliken v. Bradley 1974,", April 1, 2008.
  • JRank, "Milliken v. Bradley-Further Readings,", April 1, 2008.
  • Mason Alpheus Thomas and Stephenson Jr. Donald Grier, "Milliken v. Bradley," American Constitutional Law. Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson /Prentice Hall, 2005, pp. 648-650.

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