Know Your Place

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Brandy Springer says her 12-year-old daughter wanted to run for sixth-grade class reporter at Mississippi's Nettleton Middle School. But she was told the office was reserved for black students only this year. When Springer inquired, she found that class offices are reserved for whites and blacks in alternating years. For instance, only whites will be allowed to run for class reporter next year. After Springer complained, and media reported the story, school officials said they would end the 30-year-old practice.

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