Letter: Separate and Unequal - II

To the Editor:

Your editorial in the titled "Separate and Unequal ?" [The Connection, July 25-31, 2012], addressed the "eye-popping" disparately low admission of Black and Latino students to Thomas Jefferson High School, and the complaint that this was "in voilation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, and national origin."

The article was incomplete, however, as it failed to address the relatively much larger issue of white students admission to Thomas Jefferson, which your article states as 26 percent of the class of 2016, which is versus a Fairfax County school system white student population of about 45 percent. While admittedly this statistic doesn't fit the discrimination paradigm we are used to, it would be of greater interest to the population as a whole for your next article to address this much larger absolute disparity around white students admission to Thomas Jefferson, if this also fits your model of "Separate and Unequal?" and if you may be suggesting that this also may be in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

Brad Brewster

Fairfax Station