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The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America - by Jonathan Kozol, Crown Publishers, 2005

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I went to Washington to challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations, the president said in his campaign for reelection in September 2004. Its working. Its making a difference. It is one of those deadly lies, which, by sheer repetition, is at length accepted by large numbers of Americans as, perhaps, a rough approximation of the truth. But it is not the truth, and it is not an innocent misstatement of the facts. It is a devious appeasement of the heartache of the parents of the poor and, if it is not forcefully resisted and denounced, it is going to lead our nation even further in a perilous direction.

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