Please explain this political cartoon about school desegregation.This dates to 1969, most likely referring to the Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education case, but I fail to see the...

Please explain this political cartoon about school desegregation.

This dates to 1969, most likely referring to the Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education case, but I fail to see the connection. ): Wasn't that case a good thing for desegregating schools? Someone help me out.

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What this cartoon is saying is that school desegregation is going very slowly and is only getting slower.  The cartoon does not seem to have a direct connection to Alexander, because that case ordered more speed in desegregation.  But it does refer to the sorts of conditions that made Alexander necessary.

After the Brown decision in 1954, school districts and states in the South tried to go as slowly as possible in desegregating their schools.  This is why "school integration" is represented as a snail.  In the cartoon, the process is already going slowly, but is now going to decelerate further.  This is pointing out the very slow pace of desegregation, which is why the Court had to rule as it did in Alexander.

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