Writing on behalf of the National Association of Colored People in the Brown vs. Board of Education case, Thurgood Marshall declared, "Classifications based upon race or color have no moral or legal validity in our society."
The statement by Marshall, who later sat as the first African- American Justice of the Supreme Court, summed up the basis for the landmark decision in the case that ended the doctrine of "separate but equal."
The Diversity Plan being implemented by Naperville Unit District 203, while ostensibly designed to battle racism and ethnic discrimination, represents a regression to a regime of race and color consciousness.
As it unfolds, it is likely to mire the school district into more and more controversy, as proponents seek to expand the program into areas where there are sharp and intensely held differences of opinion on matters such as sexual orientation, economic class and religion.
District 203's Diversity Plan policy statement calls for "Infusing a multicultural perspective into instructional strategies."
Multiculturalism is an ideology that …