State control of the Little Rock School District with its resegregation and union-busting pushed by the Hutchinson administration continue to draw national attention, the latest in The Atlantic.

One quibble is with the headline. “Of all places”?

White privilege never went away in Little Rock. It was only when it was imperiled by a majority black school board that the business community got busy putting the state in charge.


State-sanctioned segregation in the form of explicit approval of school transfers for racial reasons is now the law in Arkansas and defended in court by the attorney general of the state. They call it freedom of choice, proudly dusting off the battle cry of the Wallace/Faubus/Perez/Maddox era.

And look who took note: