Busing Reappraisal

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Opposition to Busing for Integration

Emotionalism Views on Issue in Election-Year Politics

Busing to overcome racial segregation is a troublesome issue that refuses to go away. The emotions that busing generated in the 1972 presidential campaign1 are still alive as the nation enters another election year. And the same arguments that have been heard since the courts began ordering busing are being voiced with increasing passion as more districts outside the South are forced to desegregate. Busing, it is said, destroys neighborhood schools, forces youngsters to travel long distances to hostile environments, places them in uncomfortable and dangerous situations where learning is virtually impossible, removes parental control over their education and discriminates against the urban poor.

A new study conducted by a man once closely identified with ...

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