Members of the Nashville chapter of the NAACP gathered this morning to denounce federal judge Kevin Sharp’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit that challenged Metro Nashville Public Schools’ controversial 2008 rezoning plan.
Sharp ruled on Friday in Spurlock v. Fox that the MNPS rezoning plan for Hillwood and Pearl Cohn clusters was segregative in effect but not based on intent.
“I understand the decision that was made ... but what they missed in this and what is missed in the opinion and the discussion that is taking place is that they have failed to recognize the kind of inequities that continue to exist,” said Rev. Sonnye Dixon, pastor of Hobson United Methodist Church in East Nashville.
“We continue to have places where we’re not getting the employment opportunities. So this was just one symptom, one group of people who cried out and said ‘We’re sick and tired of it.’... My fear is that if this community doesn’t continue to recognize this institutional racism that continues to treat a certain group of people as if they are somehow on a plantation that those who continue to suffer will at some point raise up.”
An attorney for the plaintiffs in Spurlock v. Fox announced they would appeal Sharp’s decision.