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Republican school board in N.C. seeks to abolish integration

The sprawling Wake County School District has long been a rarity. Some of its best, most diverse schools are in the poorest sections of this capital city. And its suburban schools, rather than being exclusive enclaves, include children whose parents cannot afford a house in the neighborhood.

But over the past year, a new majority-Republican school board backed by national tea party conservatives has set the district on a strikingly different course. Pledging to “say no to the social engineers!” it has abolished the policy behind one of the nation’s most celebrated integration efforts.

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[Video] Tim Wise predicts “Tea Party” will soon die of natural causes

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Black conservatives insist ‘tea party’ isn’t racist

A group of conservative black activists on Wednesday defended the “tea party” movement against accusations of racism and said critics were using race to shore up support for President Obama and his policies.

The news conference, organized by the group Tea Party Express, was a response to the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, which three weeks ago condemned signs and slurs at tea party rallies as racist.