Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tenn. County Turns Back on Civil Rights

When seven Lewis County (TN) Commissioners voted against affirming their compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, they supposedly didn't realize that it could cost the county millions in school funding, stimulus funds and other federal dollars.

Mayor Jonah Keltner feels confident that the commission will have a change of heart, when they next convene in late January and in the meantime, they have every intention of staying within the law.

At issue was a generalized protest against federal mandates and some commissioners' specific opposition to bilingual requirements, but what may have been learned is that unless there's financial ramifications, the concept of civil rights and equal opportunity could become ignored.
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