Missouri Governor Attempted to End School Desegregation in 1993
As the crisis in
Governor Jay Nixon, acting as the state’s Attorney General in 1993, filed a motion in U.S. District Court to end the court-ordered desegregation program for
Nixon was quoted in a local Missouri newspaper on November 22, 1993 saying, “The state has met its obligation.” He argued that while the state may have needed the program in 1981, as of 1993, the state of
When Nixon sought a U.S. Senate seat in 1998, his campaign was marred by criticism from the NAACP over the case. Some in the black community even drew a comparison between Nixon and segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace.
Now that Nixon is embroiled in a racially-charged crisis in the