The old segregationist Louisiana pol William M. Rainach would be mystified, but impressed. Back in his day, in the 1950s, locking black kids into inferior schools was a simple matter of racial prejudice. He’d surely marvel that six decades later, the nation’s first African-American attorney general had found a way to do it in the name of desegregation.
Eric Holder is nothing if not creative. His Justice Department is asking a federal court to block a portion of a Louisiana voucher program that gives poor children a way out of failing public schools. Ninety percent of the kids who use this educational lifeline are black. But Holder’s department acts as if vouchers were tantamount to Willie Rainach reaching back from the grave.