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Hooper: Is it time to go on the defensive to preserve equality?

In this May 17, 1954, file photo, George E.C. Hayes, left, Thurgood Marshall, center, and James M. Nabrit join hands outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after justices declared in the Brown v. Board of Education decision that separate but equal schools for black children were unconstitutional. Three years after that ruling, President Dwight D. Eisenhower dispatched federal troops to Little Rock, Ark., to escort nine black children as they integrated Central High School. The 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine's enrollment is Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. [Associated Press]
Published May 20

In the wake of the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, legal scholars are sounding the alarm that the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision may be in jeopardy.

Nearly 30 judicial nominees of President Donald Trump have declined to affirm the decision. But Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did affirm it, calling the decision "inspirational" and the "single greatest moment in Supreme Court history," during his confirmation hearing. If he could do it, why couldn't the others?

To think we might revert in any way to such a dark passage in our history should unnerve every American, but can we really rule out the possibility? We already have people arguing we need to stop talking about race.

In an era in which we should be pushing to knock down more vestiges of inequality, it appears we may need to go on the defensive. That's a sad commentary. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I'd Love To Trade Caller ID for Caller IQ. …

The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay left an indelible impression at its recent 40th anniversary celebration.

The group delivered several numbers at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC May 17 that could best be described as spiritual and emotional.

Kudos to artistic director Brett Karlin and founder Robert Summers.

Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and a Miami native, continues to take exception to Tampa's claim as home of the authentic Cuban sandwich. The issue came up again on Sunday in reference to a recent New York Times crossword puzzle entry. Clearly, we need to get her to Tampa so she can discover "the truth."

That's all I'm saying.

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