November 01, 2014 From the Editor

Brown v. Board of Education Turns Sixty

Jeffrey Allen

I have served as Editor-in-Chief of GPSolo magazine for several years. At the time I undertook the responsibilities of that position, I wrote the Road Warrior column for the magazine. I chose to continue to do that and elected not to write a From the Editor column. Although I consider each issue of the magazine significant, I have elected to write a From the Editor column for this issue, as I believe that it is one of the most significant and important issues that we have ever done.

The year 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of one of the more famous and significant cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during my lifetime: Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). That event, together with last year’s ruling on the rights of gay couples in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___ (2013) (Docket No. 12-307), served as the inspiration for this issue.

Although I do not think any rational person would argue that Brown solved all the racial problems in this country, I, for one, have no question in my mind that the Court’s decision in the Brown case helped set the stage for a major change in the social fabric of the United States, not just in the sphere of racial relations, but well beyond it. Comparing the pre-1954 world with the situation today certainly appears to support that theory. When it comes to protecting equality of interactions between the government and individuals, the rights of individuals have much better protection today than they did in 1954. The evolution has also impacted the way we deal with each other in a positive manner.

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