Critics argue that the new law constitutes state sanctioned
segregation and will face many legal challenges.
Many fear the law will make Omaha live up to its old Indian name,
which means "against the current."
become the butt of late-night comedy shows, and it is pretty embarrassing,"
Sandy Jensen, president of the Omaha School Board, told the NewsHour.
More than 20 civic and business leaders have signed a letter
warning that the new law will hurt the city's economy by ruining
Many students have protested the plan.
Brittney Ruffin, a 17-year-old junior, doesn't want her school
to return to its segregated past.
"There was a black stairway and a white stairway. And they
would, you know -- there was no interaction between anybody, and
that was years and years ago. And we came a long way to become
one of or the most diverse school in Nebraska, and it just seems
like the law is taking us back in years, back in time," she
said in the NewsHour report.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
has filed a lawsuit against Nebraska's governor and state officers,
charging the new law violates Brown v. Board of Education, which
prohibited racial segregation of public education facilities.
Tommie Wilson, president of the Omaha branch of the NAACP told
the NewsHour, the "NAACP opposes, opposes segregation. Separate
is not equal, and that's what we want to make sure that you understand.
We fought too hard for integration."
Opponents want the legislature to come up with an alternative
by Kathryn Cohen for NewsHour Extra